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[uh-sur-tid] /əˈsɜr tɪd/
resting on a statement or claim unsupported by evidence or proof; alleged:
The asserted value of the property was twice the amount anyone offered.
Origin of asserted
1675-85; assert + -ed2
Related forms
assertedly, adverb
unasserted, adjective
well-asserted, adjective


[uh-surt] /əˈsɜrt/
verb (used with object)
to state with assurance, confidence, or force; state strongly or positively; affirm; aver:
He asserted his innocence of the crime.
to maintain or defend (claims, rights, etc.).
to state as having existence; affirm; postulate:
to assert a first cause as necessary.
assert oneself, to insist on one's rights, declare one's views forcefully, etc.:
The candidate finally asserted himself about property taxes.
1595-1605; < Latin assertus joined to, defended, claimed (past participle of asserere), equivalent to as- as- + ser- (see series) + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
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. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It was also asserted that the Commissioners had recognised him as the chaplain of the asylum.

    Norfolk Annals Charles Mackie
  • "I like I should live always by mine own place," asserted Mrs. Kukor.

    The Rich Little Poor Boy Eleanor Gates
  • It is asserted by all the chroniclers that the influence of the League (Ligue) was most pernicious.

    The History of Prostitution William W. Sanger
  • "He never makes a mistake," asserted the Bear King, stoutly.

    The Lost Princess of Oz L. Frank Baum
  • By this decision, he asserted a court supremacy over Parliament with respect to the validity of statutes.

British Dictionary definitions for asserted


verb (transitive)
to insist upon (rights, claims, etc)
(may take a clause as object) to state to be true; declare categorically
to put (oneself) forward in an insistent manner
Derived Forms
asserter, assertor, noun
assertible, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin asserere to join to oneself, from serere to join
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Word Origin and History for asserted



c.1600, "declare," from Latin assertus, past participle of asserere "claim, maintain, affirm" (see assertion). Related: Asserted; asserting. To assert oneself "stand up for one's rights" is recorded from 1879.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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