Definition of assaultive in US English:



  • 1Tending or likely to commit an assault.

    ‘they found that assaultive men had abusive parents’
    • ‘Partner abuse has been linked to profound and long-lasting negative emotional and behavioral effects on children who witness assaultive behavior.’
    • ‘Training in the recognition and management of aggressive and assaultive behavior may be lifesaving for healthcare workers.’
    • ‘On neither occasion did she try to excuse or minimize his assaultive behaviour.’
    • ‘Many people dismiss abusive behaviours in their homes as normal and do not recognize that assaultive actions are still criminal actions even when they occur in intimate relationships.’
    • ‘The data revealed that there were 8,292 perpetrators who had committed more than 14,120 physical and psychological assaultive acts against mental health professionals.’
    • ‘There are certain characteristics of societies which will encourage sexually assaultive behaviour directed against children.’
    • ‘In addition, this orientation is consistent with national health objectives which target women as victims of assaultive dating violence.’
    1. 1.1 Extremely aggressive or forcefully assertive.
      ‘his loud, assaultive playing style can leave you cowering’
      • ‘Playing huge stadiums meant performing the assaultive, theatrical music that would fill and rock those stadiums.’
      • ‘An art object that draws the viewer's attention to these realities, and leaves no room for ambiguity in their identification, can be an assaultive and disturbing experience.’
      • ‘But it feels, somehow, more appealing and less assaultive.’
      • ‘His films bear a signature stamp of harshness and lyricism, and are curiously assaultive of their audience, inducing powerful dream-like states of joy and then violently undercutting them.’
      confident, forceful, self-confident, positive, bold, decisive, assured, self-assured, self-possessed, believing in oneself, self-assertive, authoritative, strong-willed, insistent, firm, determined, commanding, bullish, dominant, domineering
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