Part of speech: noun


Part of speech: adjective

Disposed to combat; contentious; pugnacious.

Part of speech: adverb


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Usage examples "combative":

  1. Her life had become a conflict, and Charmian felt that she was by no means combative. - "The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers", Georg Ebers.
  2. She had not been wisely approached in the first place, and she was in her sulkiest and most combative humour; in fact, when too urgently pressed for information as to her age, ancestry, and abiding- place, she told the worthy police- officer to go to a locality for which he felt utterly unsuited, after a life spent in the exaltation of virtue and the suppression of vice. - "Marm Lisa", Kate Douglas Wiggin.
  3. It would not have surprised him in the least if she had declined the invitation, feeling, as he did, that he had in a way come to her with a white flag or an olive branch or whatever it is that a combative force utilises when it wants to surrender in the cause of humanity. - "The Hollow of Her Hand", George Barr McCutcheon.