assert

[uh-surt]
verb (used with object)
1.
to state with assurance, confidence, or force; state strongly or positively; affirm; aver: He asserted his innocence of the crime.
2.
to maintain or defend (claims, rights, etc.).
3.
to state as having existence; affirm; postulate: to assert a first cause as necessary.
Idioms
4.
assert oneself, to insist on one's rights, declare one's views forcefully, etc.: The candidate finally asserted himself about property taxes.

Origin:
1595–1605; < Latin assertus joined to, defended, claimed (past participle of asserere), equivalent to as- as- + ser- (see series) + -tus past participle suffix

asserter, assertor, noun
assertible, adjective
misassert, verb (used with object)
overassert, verb (used with object)
preassert, verb (used with object)
reassert, verb (used with object)


1. asseverate, avow, maintain. See declare. 2. uphold, support. See maintain.


1. deny.
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assert (əˈsɜːt)
 
vb
1.  to insist upon (rights, claims, etc)
2.  (may take a clause as object) to state to be true; declare categorically
3.  to put (oneself) forward in an insistent manner
 
[C17: from Latin asserere to join to oneself, from serere to join]
 
as'serter
 
n
 
as'sertor
 
n
 
as'sertible
 
adj

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assert
c.1600, "to declare," from L. assertus, pp. of asserere "to claim, maintain, affirm" (see assertion). To assert oneself "stand up for one's rights" is recorded from 1879.
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Example sentences
Yet, it will not be as potent if the attorney is diligent in asserting his
  client's defenses and objections.
Undocumented workers are easy prey for exploitation and unable to assert their
  rights.
Reports began to hint, then baldly assert, that technology caused the violence.
Between the ages of six months and a year, a child's natural preference begins
  to assert itself.
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