One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘His customary combativeness in print hasn't mellowed much, mind you.’
- ‘Natural combativeness, an innate immunity to being cowed by the biggest names or the biggest occasions in football, is obviously a vital part of the equipment he carries on to the field.’
- ‘Age may have withered his speed, but his combativeness remains undimmed.’
- ‘But, in the end, the combativeness that stood him in such good stead as a politician cost him the job he loves, leaving him both personally and professionally bereft.’
- ‘Its combativeness, its hostility to everything it perceives as a threat, works against it here.’
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