Definition of combative in US English:

combative

adjective

  • Ready or eager to fight; pugnacious.

    ‘he made some enemies with his combative style’
    • ‘Footwear is in a seductive and strangely combative mood this season.’
    • ‘While this received plenty of laughs, the combative chairman was not amused as will be revealed later.’
    • ‘If you said something combative, the person you spoke to is probably less than thrilled.’
    • ‘At times she is combative, at times submissive, according to the situation and her state of mind.’
    • ‘This combative style is not surprising given her background.’
    • ‘Even many who sympathize with his concerns find his combative style haughty and unforgiving.’
    • ‘Then again, are the police trained to handle such cases that are obviously combative but also sensitive?’
    • ‘To prove his point, the combative attorney general played a familiar Washington game.’
    • ‘Correction must be firm enough for the dog to want to work to avoid it but not aggressive or combative.’
    • ‘Criticising the work of such a combative figure is hardly a low-risk occupation.’
    • ‘Political life is a combative life, with positions being tested and retested before they're taken out into the world.’
    • ‘I like the combative side and I enjoy a challenge but I'm a genuine player.’
    • ‘Although combative in his ideas, he was the opposite of an ideological monomaniac.’
    • ‘In that combative battlefield there seems to be no middle ground, just the immovable solidarity of two irreconcilable forces.’
    • ‘Some families are more combative than others and, yes, it's normal for siblings to fight.’
    • ‘They were very combative, and very competitive internally and externally.’
    • ‘To label as combative this epic standoff from this morning's show would be to understate the man's pugilistic expertise.’
    • ‘The focus is on those people actually taking part in hostilities in a combative role.’
    • ‘Now 27, his combative style has become crucial to Leeds United's title challenge.’
    • ‘He shows wonderful energy, putting himself all over the field to combative purpose, and he passes the ball well enough.’
    pugnacious, aggressive, antagonistic, quarrelsome, argumentative, contentious, hostile, truculent, threatening, belligerent, bellicose, militant, warlike, warmongering, hawkish, militaristic
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Pronunciation

combative

/kəmˈbædɪv//kəmˈbadiv/