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combative (adj.)

"pugnacious, disposed to fight," 1819, from combat (v.) + -ive. In 1820s-30s, much associated with phrenology. Related: Combatively; combativeness (1815).

updated on January 24, 2018

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Definitions of combative from WordNet

combative (adj.)
inclined or showing an inclination to dispute or disagree, even to engage in law suits;
Synonyms: contentious / disputatious / disputative / litigious
combative (adj.)
striving to overcome in argument;
Synonyms: agonistic / agonistical
combative (adj.)
having or showing a ready disposition to fight;
a combative impulse
Synonyms: battleful / bellicose
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