- ADJ-GRADED (disapproval)If you describe the way that someone behaves as confrontational, you are showing your disapproval of the fact that they are aggressive and likely to cause an argument or dispute.
The committee's confrontational style of campaigning has made it unpopular...
Riot police are on hand but have not been confrontational.
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confrontational — UK US /ˌkɒnfrʌnˈteɪʃənəl/ adjective ► causing or involving angry disagreement: »Union leaders said they were disappointed by the rhetoric used by the management, and dismayed by their confrontational approach. »You should try to be less… … Financial and business terms
confrontational — 1969, from CONFRONTATION (Cf. confrontation) + AL (Cf. al) (1) … Etymology dictionary
confrontational — /kon freuhn tay sheuh nl, frun /, adj. tending toward or ready for confrontation: They came to the meeting with a confrontational attitude. Also, confrontative /kon freuhn tay tiv, keuhn frun teuh /. [CONFRONTATION + AL1] * * * … Universalium
confrontational — con|fron|ta|tion|al [ˌkɔnfrənˈteıʃənəl US ˌka:n ] adj likely to cause arguments or make people angry ▪ a confrontational style of management … Dictionary of contemporary English
confrontational — adjective intended to cause arguments or make people angry: a confrontational style of government … Longman dictionary of contemporary English
confrontational — confront ► VERB 1) meet face to face in hostility or defiance. 2) (of a problem) present itself to. 3) face up to and deal with (a problem). 4) compel to face or consider something. DERIVATIVES confrontation noun confrontational adjective … English terms dictionary
confrontational — adjective see confrontation … New Collegiate Dictionary
confrontational — adjective Pertaining to a confrontation; characterized by, or given to initiating hostile encounter; in your face … Wiktionary
confrontational — con|fron|ta|tion|al [ ,kanfrən teıʃnəl ] adjective behaving in a way that shows you want to have an argument or fight with someone … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English
confrontational — adj. tending to cause confrontation; aggressive; conflicting … English contemporary dictionary