Definition of combative in English:

combative

adjective

  • Ready or eager to fight; pugnacious.

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