Definition of 'combative'
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His physique suits the combative style of rugby that the head coach wants to play in the international series. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Still, their combative nature kept them in the contest. Times, Sunday Times (2011)His combative style at Newsnight made him compulsive viewing. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Back then, his conversational style was combative in the extreme. Times, Sunday Times (2007)Her haughty, combative approach did not endear her to the sons of empire. The Times Literary Supplement (2010)Others might have admired his combative style and wondered whether he had a point about the Iraq war. Times, Sunday Times (2006)ANOTHER battling display from the combative holding midfielder. The Sun (2012)In 1971 he embarked on a managerial career that showed he was something much more than a combative player. Times, Sunday Times (2015)His style was endlessly combative. Times, Sunday Times (2013)His conversational style is combative. Times, Sunday Times (2008)No, he's a combative midfield player. Times, Sunday Times (2010)The combative midfielder said with a chuckle: 'Are we depressed? The Sun (2009)At first glance, the grace and poise of a ballerina seem difficult to reconcile with the combative and confrontational nature of the game of rugby. Times, Sunday Times (2010)His combative style has pitched him against the bank's unions already, leading to a strike last year. Times, Sunday Times (2006)Modric to be the playmaker, but he cannot then use two wingers because the back four would be too exposed by a lack of combative midfield players. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Yet the lack of a combative midfield player, or a leader, to protect the back four has also appeared an underlying problem. Times, Sunday Times (2007)The shock of dark hair, a feature of his combative approach on the field, has been clipped but he looks trim enough to bowl. Times, Sunday Times (2015)
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Used Occasionally. combative is one of the 30000 most commonly used words in the Collins dictionary
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Translations for 'combative'
British English: combative ADJECTIVE
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.
Definition of combative from the Collins English Dictionary
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