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ag·gres·sive

aggressive

 
 
pronunciation:
gre sihv
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: mean and unfriendly in one's actions; ready to argue or start fights.
He has a hard time getting along with others because of his aggressive nature.
synonyms:
belligerent, offensive
antonyms:
mild, peaceful
similar words:
martial, tough
definition 2: very bold; acting as if full of power and authority; forceful.
The more aggressive kids pushed to the front of the line.
synonyms:
assertive, forceful
antonyms:
meek
similar words:
belligerent, bold, forward
derivations: aggressively (adv.), aggressiveness (n.)
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The word aggressive contains the following parts:
ag- Latin prefix that means to, toward
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The prefix ag- occurs in Latin loanwords. It is an assimilated form of ad- used before roots beginning with "g." See ad-.
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gress Latin root that means to walk, go
-ive, -ative Latin adjective-forming suffix that means tending to, connected with, or performing
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The suffix -ive , -ative turns Latinate verb bases into adjectives. Many adjectives ending in -ive , -ative have corresponding noun forms ending in -ity (objective , objectivity) or -ion (effusive, effusion).