Definition of combative in English:

combative

adjective

  • Ready or eager to fight; pugnacious.

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

combative

/kəmˈbadiv/