Definition of aggressiveness in US English:



  • 1Hostile or violent behavior.

    ‘recent research has linked violent video games to increased aggressiveness in youths’
    • ‘The book borrows its title from a tribe of South America, which is renowned for its aggressiveness.’
    • ‘Family variables that contribute the most to aggressiveness and delinquency include parental criminality and poor parental supervision.’
    • ‘There are possible genetic bases to compulsive shopping and gambling, drinking, drug use, and aggressiveness.’
    • ‘Inhalant users exhibited greater density of familial alcoholism and aggressiveness than nonusers.’
    • ‘Research has indicated that fire-setters tend to exhibit conduct problems, such as disobedience and aggressiveness.’
    • ‘Aggressiveness can detract from self-development by undermining academic pursuits and creating socially alienating conditions.’
    • ‘Complementary therapies are being investigated, such as training in martial arts as a means of reducing aggressiveness in youth.’
    • ‘In the movie, no motive is given for the Martians' aggressiveness other than their impish, evil nature.’
    • ‘The study found that psychological abuse was associated with the male partner's irritability, low-self esteem, and aggressiveness when drunk.’
    • ‘The theory of reparation grew from clinical observations of children's distress at their own aggressiveness.’
    1. 1.1 Determination and forcefulness.
      ‘smaller, quicker players use their speed and aggressiveness to make up for lack of bulk’
      • ‘They have not been shy about displaying marketing aggressiveness.’
      • ‘We quickly found out we shared the same attitude, self-drive, and aggressiveness.’
      • ‘Do you detect a new aggressiveness by journalists in covering this presidency?’
      • ‘They differ mostly in the speed and aggressiveness with which government is privatized for corporate benefit.’
      • ‘Their ability to overcome these deficiencies was due to the aggressiveness of their unit tactics.’
      • ‘What is needed is aggressiveness, innovation, being able to identify opportunities.’
      • ‘A lot of the excess liquidity you speak of can be traced to the aggressiveness of their monetary policy.’
      • ‘Most of the aggressiveness of this track usually shows up during the concert performances.’
      • ‘Football is so singularly gripping because it combines team work, strategy and aggressiveness.’
      • ‘Their strengths are their aggressiveness and mobility, and we are enhancing those strengths.’