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combative  (ˈkɒmbətɪv ; ˈkʌm-) 



  1. eager or ready to fight, argue, etc; aggressive

Derived Forms

ˈcombatively  adverb
ˈcombativeness  noun


View thesaurus entry
= aggressive, militant, contentious, belligerent, antagonistic, pugnacious, warlike, carnivorous (informal), bellicose, truculent, quarrelsome, aggers (Australian) (slang)

Translations for 'combative'

  • British English: combative A person who is combative is aggressive and eager to fight or argue. ADJECTIVEHe conducted the meeting in his usual combative style, refusing to admit any mistakes.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: combativo
  • Chinese: 好斗的好斗鬥的
  • European Spanish: combativo combativa
  • French: combatif combative
  • German: kämpferisch
  • Italian: combattivo combattiva
  • Japanese: 戦闘的な
  • Korean: 호전적인
  • Portuguese: combativo combativa
  • Spanish: combativo combativa

Example Sentences Including 'combative'

There was something combative in Wesley's tone that pulled me up, out of the last of my jet-lag.
Edward Docx THE CALLIGRAPHER (2003)
Alex had a notoriously combative manner; I had an equally undesirable weakness for wielding a verbal sledgehammer.
Howatch, Susan Ultimate Prizes
The German was around sixty with a shock of receding white hair and glaring, combative eyes staring out from behind half-moon glasses.
Dobbs, Michael Wall Games


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