Positive affirming with confidence affirmative peremptory
- aggressively self-assured
- good; affirming with confidence; affirmative; peremptory.
1560s, "declaratory, positive, full of assertion," from assert + -ive. Meaning "insisting using one's liberties" is short for self-assertive (1865).
(a.) Positive; affirming confidently; affirmative; peremptory.
No courtier was ever more assertive of his prerogatives.