over assertion


a positive statement or declaration, often without support or reason: a mere assertion; an unwarranted assertion.
an act of asserting.

1375–1425; late Middle English assercion < Latin assertiōn- (stem of assertiō). See assert, -ion

assertional, adjective
misassertion, noun
nonassertion, noun
overassertion, noun
reassertion, noun
superassertion, noun

1. claim, contention, allegation.
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assertion (əˈsɜːʃən)
1.  a positive statement, usually made without an attempt at furnishing evidence
2.  the act of asserting

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Word Origin & History

early 15c., from O.Fr. assertion (14c.), from L.L. assertionem (nom. assertio), noun of action from L. asserere "claim rights over something, state, maintain, affirm," from ad- "to" + serere "join" (see series). By "joining oneself" to a particular view, one "claimed" or "maintained" it.
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