Definition of confrontational in US English:



  • Tending to deal with situations in an aggressive way; hostile or argumentative.

    ‘he distanced himself from the confrontational approach adopted by his predecessor’
    • ‘We have guys with sharper teeth who are being more confrontational.’
    • ‘The report suggested case workers were concerned about damaging their relationship with her by being overly confrontational.’
    • ‘They were all funny in an almost confrontational way.’
    • ‘Mitch is somewhat confrontational with Blanche, witnessing her delusions.’
    • ‘This was the kind of confrontational work for which the Royal Court had long been famous.’
    • ‘"This was not a person who was confrontational or combative."’
    • ‘Faced with the French media on the eve of yesterday's opening time trial, Armstrong was more confrontational.’
    • ‘They've also co-opted the mocking, confrontational tone of bygone campus radicals in their tactics.’
    • ‘Some who have tangled with the two women over zoning changes say they can be confrontational.’
    • ‘A young steward challenged me in quite a confrontational way.’
    • ‘Some officials suggested a less confrontational approach might reap dividends.’
    • ‘She talks of her confrontational attitude toward them during the early days of her captivity.’
    • ‘Checking the facts seems irrelevant, even confrontational or counter therapeutic.’
    • ‘My first books were about being very aggressive, very confrontational.’
    • ‘Such a confrontational argument does not gain much support among the Americans.’
    • ‘A more confrontational approach has been taken by the Vatican, with senior bishops calling for the film to be boycotted.’
    • ‘No worker delights in taking a confrontational stand on the job.’
    • ‘Let's try to move toward a more peaceful set of relationships, less confrontational than we've been through.’
    • ‘The solo parts are not notably athletic or confrontational.’
    • ‘Indeed, he has made his point, albeit in the least confrontational way possible.’