Definition of Assert

1. Verb. State categorically. "They assert that there was a traffic accident "

Exact synonyms: Asseverate, Maintain
Generic synonyms: Insist, Take A Firm Stand
Specialized synonyms: Allege, Aver, Say, Predicate, Proclaim
Derivative terms: Assertable, Assertion, Asseveration, Asseverator

2. Verb. To declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true. "They assert that there was a traffic accident "; "Before God I swear I am innocent"
Exact synonyms: Affirm, Aver, Avow, Swan, Swear, Verify
Specialized synonyms: Hold, Claim, Take, Attest, Declare, Protest, Assure, Tell
Generic synonyms: Declare
Derivative terms: Affirmation, Affirmation, Affirmer, Assertable, Asserter, Assertion, Averment, Avowal, Avower, Swearer, Swearing

3. Verb. Insist on having one's opinions and rights recognized. "Women should assert themselves more!"
Exact synonyms: Put Forward
Generic synonyms: Acquit, Bear, Behave, Carry, Comport, Conduct, Deport
Derivative terms: Assertive

4. Verb. Assert to be true. "They assert that there was a traffic accident "; "The letter asserts a free society"
Exact synonyms: Insist
Generic synonyms: Posit, Postulate
Derivative terms: Assertable, Assertion

Definition of Assert

1. v. t. To affirm; to declare with assurance, or plainly and strongly; to state positively; to aver; to asseverate.

Definition of Assert

1. Noun. (context: computer science) an assert statement; a section of source code which tests whether an expected condition is true. ¹

2. Verb. To declare with assurance or plainly and strongly; to state positively. ¹

3. Verb. To use or exercise and thereby prove the existence of. ¹

4. Verb. To maintain or defend, as a cause or a claim, by words or measures; to vindicate a claim or title to; as, to assert our rights and liberties. ¹

5. Verb. (context: computer science) to make true; to make equal to 1. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Assert

1. to state positively [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Assert

1. 1. To affirm; to declare with assurance, or plainly and strongly; to state positively; to aver; to asseverate. "Nothing is more shameful . . . Than to assert anything to be done without a cause." (Ray) 2. To maintain; to defend. "That . . . I may assert Eternal Providence, And justify the ways of God to men." (Milton) "I will assert it from the scandal." (Jer. Taylor) 3. To maintain or defend, as a cause or a claim, by words or measures; to vindicate a claim or title to; as, to assert our rights and liberties. To assert one's self, to claim or vindicate one's rights or position; to demand recognition. Synonym: To affirm, aver, asseverate, maintain, protest, pronounce, declare, vindicate. To Assert, Affirm, Maintain, Vindicate. To assert is to fasten to one's self, and hence to claim. It is, therefore, adversative in its nature. We assert our rights and privileges, or the cause of tree institutions, as against opposition or denial. To affirm is to declare as true. We assert boldly; we affirm positively. To maintain is to uphold, and insist upon with earnestness, whatever we have once asserted; as, to maintain one's cause, to maintain an argument, to maintain the ground we have taken. To vindicate is to use language and measures of the strongest kind, in defense of ourselves and those for whom we act. We maintain our assertions by adducing proofs, facts, or arguments; we are ready to vindicate our rights or interests by the utmost exertion of our powers. Origin: L. Assertus, p. P. Of asserere to join or fasten to one's self, claim, maintain; ad + serere to join or bind together. See Series. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Assert

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1. English Synonyms and Antonyms: With Notes on the Correct Use of Prepositions by James Champlin Fernald (1914)
"assert (from L. ad, to, and sero, bind) is strongly personal, signifying to state boldly and positively what the one making the statement has not attempted ..."

2. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1912)
"But they assert their right to do it, because Congress has passed an act commanding it to be done. The reply is that the act it wholly null and void, ..."

3. Thucydides Translated Into English by Benjamin Jowett, Thucydides (1881)
"... assert your equality and threaten them as they have long been threatening you.' 88. ... assert ..."

4. A Diary in America: With Remarks on Its Institutions. by Frederick Marryat (1839)
"In the significant language of one of their own ablest advocates, they assert that ' Lower Canada must be English, at the expense, if necessary, ..."

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