assaultive

assaultive

[uh-sawl-tiv]
adjective
tending or seeming to assault; physically aggressive: the assaultive behavior of the inmates; the assaultive manner of some rock bands.

Origin:
1950–55; assault + -ive

assaultively, adverb
assaultiveness, noun
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assault (əˈsɔːlt)
 
n
1.  a violent attack, either physical or verbal
2.  law battery Compare assault and battery an intentional or reckless act that causes another person to expect to be subjected to immediate and unlawful violence
3.  a.  the culmination of a military attack, in which fighting takes place at close quarters
 b.  (as modifier): assault troops
4.  rape or attempted rape
 
vb
5.  to make an assault upon
6.  to rape or attempt to rape
 
[C13: from Old French asaut, from Vulgar Latin assaltus (unattested), from assalīre (unattested) to leap upon; see assail]
 
as'saulter
 
n
 
as'saultive
 
adj

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