combative combative  /kəm ˈbæ tɪv/


  1. (adj) inclined or showing an inclination to dispute or disagree, even to engage in law suits
  2. (adj) striving to overcome in argument
  3. (adj) having or showing a ready disposition to fight


  1. Politics Trumps Friendship as Lhota Attacks Weiner

    With the candidacy of Anthony D. Weiner gaining in one poll, Joseph J. Lhota’s relationship with him has gone from cordial to combative.
    on June 27, 2013     Source: New York Times

  2. Witness gets combative with defense attorneys in Zimmerman trial

    A friend who was on the phone with 17-year-old Trayvon Martin moments before he was fatally shot by George Zimmerman got combative with defense attorneys during testimony Wednesday. Rachel Jeantel testified that she heard the Miami teen shout, "Get off! Get off!" before his telephone went dead. She then recounted to jurors in Zimmerman's second-degree murder trial how Martin told her he was ...
    on June 26, 2013     Source: WFTV 9 Orlando

  3. BoE's King signs off, condemns banks for lobbying

    By David Milliken LONDON (Reuters) - Bank of England Governor Mervyn King, making probably his final public comments before retiring, accused British banks of lobbying senior politicians to undermine a new system of financial regulation. King - who has had a combative relationship with Britain's lenders in his 10 years as governor - said on Tuesday some banks had contacted the offices of Prime ...
    on June 25, 2013     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News


  1. Madugalle said: "Cricket is a noncontact sport and any deviation from that fact is completely unacceptable, a point I made to Sreesanth in handing down my verdict." "I have no problem with players being combative on the field but there is a...
    on Jul 30, 2007 By: Ranjan Madugalle Source: Times Online

  2. "Michael's a player who has shown he can perform at this level," Hart said. "He's very combative and someone who I've admired for many years. He'll add plenty of steel to our side."
    on Aug 28, 2009 By: Paul Hart Source: AFP

  3. "Conventional wisdom and perhaps even common sense might suggest a less-than-productive, combative and scandal-tainted parliamentary session would present political disaster for an incumbent government," said Harris-Decima chairman Allan Gregg....
    on Jun 23, 2010 By: Allan Gregg Source: Times and Transcript

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