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What is the opposite of assertive?

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Opposite of having or showing a confident and forceful personality
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Opposite of behaving, spoken or done in a determined and forceful way
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Opposite of resolute and steadfast in one's will or ambition
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Opposite of boldly self-assured
“The barbarians were subdued and became submissive to the enchantress' whims.”
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Opposite of done, or behaving, in a brusquely imperious or authoritarian way
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Opposite of having power and influence over others
“It was a disappointingly weak performance by a team supposedly in search of redemption.”
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Opposite of denotes the effectiveness or dominance of a particular action
“Leaders who do not look after the interests of their followers are not only unethical but ineffective.”
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Opposite of very domineering in laying down one's dogmas or beliefs
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Opposite of behaving or done in a determined and forceful way
“His argument, both weak and unpersuasive, was met with silence from the audience.”
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Opposite of favouring confrontational or violent methods in support of a political or social cause
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Opposite of characterized by conceited assertiveness and dogmatism
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Opposite of having a strength of will or determination
“His nervousness was apparent when he spoke with a shaky voice.”
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Opposite of having or showing a strong desire and determination to succeed
“He maintained that last-borns are often spoiled and lazy because they don't have younger siblings challenging them.”
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Opposite of to an absolute degree
“Cassidy was interrogated for an hour before making a partial confession to felony murder.”
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(of a person) Opposite of having emotional or mental peace
“But that is as far as I can go in praising this decrepit and unbalanced person.”
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Opposite of disorderly and disruptive and not amenable to discipline or control
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Opposite of involving physical conflict, or having a propensity to use physical force
“I'm still a rebel, but express my anger in peaceful ways.”
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Opposite of showing heroic courage
“It was a horrific and extremely cowardly attack, which was totally unprovoked.”
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