from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Asserting oneself or one's own rights or views.
- adj. Self-confident.
- adj. Overbearing; arrogant.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. asserting one's self, or one's own rights or claims; hence, putting one's self forward in a confident or assuming manner.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Given to asserting one's opinions, rights, or claims; putting one's self forward in a confident or presumptuous manner.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. aggressively self-assured
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Her free flowing, challenging, self-asserting ways, must have prompted her day camp peers to think she was not properly socialized so, at nap time, several white girls (ages 4-5) approached her cot and announced, "we're white."
This cultural encroachment -- and subsequently the abandonment of one's own culture -- is turning the once dominant and self-asserting cultures of the Third World into inconsequential and highly symbolic discourses, at best, indigenous cultures fighting for survival.
He is self-asserting and ill-educated, yet fond of literature, although not himself a speaker, — fierce with slaves, but obedient to rulers, a lover of power and honour, which he hopes to gain by deeds of arms, — fond, too, of gymnastics and of hunting.
Does it seem to not-jive with the tactless, self-asserting, loud-mouthed way that I write here?
Yet truly my heart warms to nothing so much as to a row of fat English cabbages which grow in the rectory garden, with a complacent, self-asserting John Bullism about them.
The Doctor, though he was a self-asserting and somewhat violent man, was thoroughly soft-hearted.
He had been ever bold and self-asserting; but now he was perhaps a little over-bold.
To this, and to one or two other missives couched in terms of increasing decision, Hugh answered with manly, self-asserting, overbearing arguments.
But he was a man who was pleasant to other men — not combative, not self-asserting beyond the point at which self-assertion ceases to be a necessity of manliness.
“No more he does — I know that myself,” she replied, following me with a self-asserting swagger, and a great rustling of cheap silk.