Adjective "aggressive" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Ready or likely to attack or confront; characterized by or resulting from aggression.
  1. 'One of their sons received cuts and bruises and when he came home his behaviour was very aggressive.'
  2. 'This was not an aggressive protest as we are not an aggressive or violent group.'
  3. 'Friends of David are apparently becoming concerned about his aggressive behaviour.'
  4. 'After all it seems to me that it is aggressive people who seem to display aggressive cathartic behaviour.'
  5. 'No, they've generally evolved past that sort of aggressive territorial behaviour.'
  6. 'In others, there appears to be no sanctions on loud aggressive and inconsiderate behaviour.'
  7. 'The defendant became violent and aggressive and would not let the garda search him.'
  8. 'She had found it very difficult to manage his behaviour as he was aggressive and violent towards him.'
  9. 'He added that it was only a minority of drinkers causing the violent and aggressive behaviour.'
  10. 'He said the dog had not displayed any more aggressive behaviour since it had bitten Mrs Royle in January.'
  11. 'we needed more growth to pursue our aggressive acquisition strategy'
  12. 'Like Johnston, who handled the Palmer account for so long, he is a loyal and aggressive employee.'
  13. 'I think Brian had an aggressive strategy and it really did pay off big time.'
  14. 'Facing the most aggressive and competitive media in the world, spin is vital.'
  15. 'More important than everything, the most aggressive driving force of her life.'
  16. 'The Telegraph makes an aggressive argument for an end to appeasement in the Middle East.'
  17. 'They were facing increased competition from a host of new and aggressive retailers.'
  18. 'He added that the company had yet to see any aggressive pricing activity from its competition.'
  19. 'McRae meanwhile was giving a masterly display of controlled, aggressive driving.'
  20. 'Some people expect it to be dynamic and aggressive but the reality is that it's slow.'
  21. 'In that role, HP paraded Elias about as part of an aggressive storage push at the company.'


1. characterized by or tending toward unprovoked offensives, attacks, invasions, or the like; militantly forward or menacing: aggressive acts against a neighboring country.

2. making an all-out effort to win or succeed; competitive: an aggressive basketball player.

3. vigorously energetic, especially in the use of initiative and forcefulness: an aggressive salesperson.

4. boldly assertive and forward; pushy: an aggressive driver.

5. emphasizing maximum growth and capit

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be aggressive in things."

"people can be aggressive on sides."

"people can be aggressive in auctions."

"horses can be aggressive towards people."

"sides can be aggressive in things."

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Early 19th century: from Latin aggress- ‘attacked’ (from the verb aggredi) + -ive; compare with French agressif, -ive.