combative

[ kuh m-bat-iv, kom-buh-tiv, kuhm- ]SEE DEFINITION OF combative
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Mrs. Tidditt, diminutive but combative, offered a suggestion.

“And another reason why I like you is because you are combative,” he said thoughtfully.

Something in his tone roused a combative instinct in his companion.

They made many mistakes; they were combative, often difficult to deal with.

For Mr. Adams was by nature not only independent, but resentful and combative.

I do not know my own mood, it is so clear, so sharp, so combative.

Small as he is, he disturbs me by that combative stare of his.

Messrs. Biggs and Thatcher were really distressed and combative.

They had the courage, grit and combative qualities of the lion.

But the affair had aroused a combative spirit amongst the men of the assembly.

WORD ORIGIN

1819, from combat + -ive. In 1820s-30s, much associated with phrenology. Related: Combatively; combativeness (1815).

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