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Princeton's WordNet

  1. aggressivenessnoun

    the quality of being bold and enterprising

  2. aggression, aggressivenessnoun

    a feeling of hostility that arouses thoughts of attack

  3. aggressiveness, belligerence, pugnacitynoun

    a natural disposition to be hostile


  1. aggressivenessnoun

    The state or quality of being aggressive.

  2. aggressivenessnoun

    The result or product of being aggressive.


  1. aggressiveness

    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. aggressiveness

    Aggressiveness is a behavioral characteristic that manifests as a tendency to engage in actions or behaviors that are forceful, hostile, or potentially harmful, often with the intention to dominate, control or harm others or oneself. This can involve verbal confrontations, physical altercations, or other assertive, competitive actions that push against boundaries established by others. Aggressiveness can also refer to determination and assertiveness in nonviolent contexts, such as business or sports.

  2. aggressiveness

    Aggressiveness is a behavioral trait characterized by a propensity to initiate hostile or violent behavior, confrontation, or actions, either physically or verbally. It often includes showing forcefulness or determination to dominate, achieve one's goals, or assert oneself, sometimes without regard for others' rights or feelings.

  3. aggressiveness

    Aggressiveness is a behavioral trait characterized by a tendency to start fights or arguments, a readiness to challenge or confront others, assert one's rights or opinions forcefully, or behave in a bold or pushy manner. It could also involve predatory behavior where one tries to dominate or control others, often involving hostility and a lack of concern for others' feelings. Aggressiveness can also refer to the intensity or forcefulness with which one pursues goals or tasks.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of aggressiveness in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of aggressiveness in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of aggressiveness in a Sentence

  1. United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann:

    This roster is obviously full of experience, this is about belief and a high-level of aggressiveness in a one-off game to beat Mexico and to get to World Cup. It's a unique opportunity, and you have to embrace it and give everything you have.

  2. Mark Galeotti:

    It is clear that this is a process that has been taking place over time, it is not just about throwing money and people into it. It is the tempo and the aggressiveness that is at the height of Cold War levels.

  3. Alex Bregman:

    He’s one of the fastest players in the big leagues and he’s super aggressive, i’ve seen him score on that play many times. I like the aggressiveness from him.

  4. Dusty Baker:

    I’ve seen him score on that play many times. I like the aggressiveness from him. maybe he took his eye off Omar.

  5. Su Tzu-yun:

    It helps boost a soldier’s courage and aggressiveness, if soldiers engage in a mission that is not suitable for firing weapons, they may also use bayonet as an alternative option.

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