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combative

[kuh m-bat-iv, kom-buh-tiv, kuhm-] /kəmˈbæt ɪv, ˈkɒm bə tɪv, ˈkʌm-/
adjective
1.
ready or inclined to fight; pugnacious:
He displayed a most unpleasant, combative attitude.
Origin
1825-1835
1825-35; combat + -ive
Related forms
combatively, adverb
combativeness, combativity
[kom-buh-tiv-i-tee] /ˌkɒm bəˈtɪv ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
uncombative, adjective
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Examples for combative
  • The use of antipsychotic drugs to tamp down the agitation, combative behavior and outbursts of dementia patients has soared.
  • Otherwise your chair may see you as nitpicking and combative.
  • The authorities seem to have had second thoughts about encouraging more combative contests.
  • He is a confronting sort of individual, polite but gruff, courteous but combative.
  • One group favored a more combative demand for inclusion.
  • They were combative and asked bizarre questions that had nothing to do with the job description.
  • Kirk was thoughtful and sympathetic but also decisive and combative.
  • It was a reminder of what he has always been as a boxer and sometimes as a citizen: cold, cruel, combative.
  • The combative dogs are also bred to fight against one another.
  • Given her combative sensibility, it also seems likely that she'll enjoy those fights.
British Dictionary definitions for combative

combative

/ˈkɒmbətɪv; ˈkʌm-/
adjective
1.
eager or ready to fight, argue, etc; aggressive
Derived Forms
combatively, adverb
combativeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for combative
combative
1834, from combat + -ive.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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