What does aggressive mean?

Definitions for aggressive
əˈgrɛs ɪvag·gres·sive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. aggressiveadjective

    having or showing determination and energetic pursuit of your ends

    "an aggressive businessman"; "an aggressive basketball player"; "he was aggressive and imperious; positive in his convictions"; "aggressive drivers"

  2. aggressive, fast-growing(a), strong-growingadjective

    tending to spread quickly

    "an aggressive tumor"

  3. aggressive, belligerentadjective

    characteristic of an enemy or one eager to fight

    "aggressive acts against another country"; "a belligerent tone"


  1. aggressiveadjective

    Tending or disposed to aggress; characterized by aggression; making assaults; unjustly attacking.

    an aggressive policy, war, person, nation

  2. Etymology: From. Compare with French agressif.


  1. aggressive

    Aggression is overt or covert, often harmful, social interaction with the intention of inflicting damage or other harm upon another individual; although it can be channeled into creative and practical outlets for some. It may occur either reactively or without provocation. In humans, aggression can be caused by various triggers, from frustration due to blocked goals to feeling disrespected. Human aggression can be classified into direct and indirect aggression; whilst the former is characterized by physical or verbal behavior intended to cause harm to someone, the latter is characterized by behavior intended to harm the social relations of an individual or group.In definitions commonly used in the social sciences and behavioral sciences, aggression is an action or response by an individual that delivers something unpleasant to another person. Some definitions include that the individual must intend to harm another person.In an interdisciplinary perspective, aggression is regarded as "an ensemble of mechanism formed during the course of evolution in order to assert oneself, relatives or friends against others, to gain or to defend resources (ultimate causes) by harmful damaging means ... These mechanisms are often motivated by emotions like fear, frustration, anger, feelings of stress, dominance or pleasure (proximate causes) ... Sometimes aggressive behavior serves as a stress relief or a subjective feeling of power." Predatory or defensive behavior between members of different species may not be considered aggression in the same sense. Aggression can take a variety of forms, which may be expressed physically, or communicated verbally or non-verbally: including anti-predator aggression, defensive aggression (fear-induced), predatory aggression, dominance aggression, inter-male aggression, resident-intruder aggression, maternal aggression, species-specific aggression, sex-related aggression, territorial aggression, isolation-induced aggression, irritable aggression, and brain-stimulation-induced aggression (hypothalamus). There are two subtypes of human aggression: (1) controlled-instrumental subtype (purposeful or goal-oriented); and (2) reactive-impulsive subtype (often elicits uncontrollable actions that are inappropriate or undesirable). Aggression differs from what is commonly called assertiveness, although the terms are often used interchangeably among laypeople (as in phrases such as "an aggressive salesperson").


  1. aggressive

    Aggressive refers to a behavior, attitude or approach that is very forceful, assertive, or potentially harmful. It may involve physically violent or confrontational actions, verbal threats or arguments, or a strong inclination to compete or dominate. Aggressive can also pertain to something pursuing an aim or goal with intense energy or vigor.

  2. aggressive

    Aggressive refers to a forceful behavior characterized by assertiveness, hostility, determination, or energetically pursuing one's aims and interests. This could involve an increased likelihood of confrontation or a readiness to attack or confront others, situations, or challenges. In a non-violent context, it may refer to a high level of ambition or drive. The term can be applied to both human behaviors and those of animals or other entities.

  3. aggressive

    Aggressive refers to behavior or attitudes characterized by strong assertiveness, hostility, or combativeness. It often involves a tendency to attack, confront, or dominate others either verbally or physically. In some contexts, it could also refer to actively pursuing something with determination or being very intense and forceful in a non-violent manner.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Aggressiveadjective

    tending or disposed to aggress; characterized by aggression; making assaults; unjustly attacking; as, an aggressive policy, war, person, nation

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'aggressive' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4757

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'aggressive' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3732

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'aggressive' in Adjectives Frequency: #621

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of aggressive in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of aggressive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of aggressive in a Sentence

  1. Shane Lewis:

    You can rustle a chip packet and they know what’s in there, that makes them aggressive. Greg Piper said when Greg Piper visited the site, Greg Piper saw tourists holding out apples, bananas, corn chips and other processed foods to the wild animals, The Guardian reported. Kangaroos typically graze on grasses. A nutritionist for a zoo in Australia said disrupting a kangaroo's diet can result in aggression and health problems. ( Facebook/Kroosn Shuttle Service Pty Ltd) Disrupting the kangaroo’s natural diet can cause health problems, such as stomach ulcers, and cause aggression, according to the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.

  2. Ro Khanna:

    We're going to take very aggressive action.

  3. Van Dyke partner:

    When McDonald got to within 12 to 15 feet of the officers, he swung the knife toward the officers in an aggressive manner.

  4. Jayce Tingler:

    We're going to play fearless, we're not going to stop being aggressive, we're not afraid to get thrown out. That's what I love. The way the guys are busting, the way they're running the bases, the at-bats, the defense, the pitching. It's exciting baseball and it's guys pulling for one another, playing with energy.

  5. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush:

    We need to remove the self-imposed constraints President Obama has placed on our intelligence community and military, and we need to put in place an aggressive strategy to defeat ISIS and radical Islamic terrorism as I have proposed.

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