combative ADJECTIVE ready or eager to fight or argue.
DERIVATIVES combatively adverb combativeness noun.

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  • Combative — Com bat*ive (? or ?), a. Disposed to engage in combat; pugnacious. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • combative — index argumentative, competitive (antagonistic), contentious, hostile, litigious, offensive (taking the initiative), pugnacious …   Law dictionary

  • combative — 1834, from COMBAT (Cf. combat) + IVE (Cf. ive). Related: Combatively; combativeness …   Etymology dictionary

  • combative — *belligerent, bellicose, pugnacious, quarrelsome, contentious Analogous words: *aggressive, militant: strenuous, energetic, *vigorous: virile, manly, manful (see MALE) Antonyms: pacifistic …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • combative — [adj] aggressive antagonistic, bellicose, belligerent, cantankerous, contentious, cussed, energetic, fire eating*, gladiatorial, hawkish, militant, ornery*, pugnacious, quarrelsome, ructious, scrappy, strenuous, triggerhappy*, truculent, warlike …   New thesaurus

  • combative — [kəm bat′iv; ] also, and esp.Brit [, käm′bə tiv΄] adj. fond of fighting or struggling; ready or eager to fight; pugnacious combatively adv. combativeness n …   English World dictionary

  • combative — ● combatif, combative adjectif et nom Qui manifeste de l agressivité, un esprit de lutte, de compétition : Un syndicat combatif. ● combatif, combative (difficultés) adjectif et nom Orthographe Avec un seul t, contrairement à combattre, combattant …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • combative — [[t]kɒ̱mbətɪv, AM kəmbæ̱tɪv[/t]] ADJ GRADED A person who is combative is aggressive and eager to fight or argue. He conducted the meeting in his usual combative style, refusing to admit any mistakes. Syn: antagonistic Derived words: combativeness …   English dictionary

  • combative — combatively, adv. combativeness, combativity /kom beuh tiv i tee/, n. /keuhm bat iv, kom beuh tiv, kum /, adj. ready or inclined to fight; pugnacious: He displayed a most unpleasant, combative attitude. [1825 35; COMBAT + IVE] * * * …   Universalium

  • combative — adjective /ˈkɒm.bə.tɪv/ Given to fighting; disposed to engage in combat; pugnacious. His combative style leads to many arguments …   Wiktionary

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