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Unjustified planned, threatened, or carried out use of force by one nation against another.

The key word in the definition of aggression is "unjustified"—that is, in violation of International Law, treaties, or agreements. It was the basic charge leveled against Nazi Germany at the Nuremberg Trials in 1946.


noun aggressiveness, antagonism, assault, attack, bellicosity, belligerence, belligerency, besiegement, combativeness, contentiousness, drive, enterprise, fight, foray, hostility, hustle, illapse, infringement, initiative, injury, inroad, intrusion, irruption, jingoism, martiality, militancy, offense, onset, onslaught, outbreak, provocation, pugnacity, push, pushiness, raid, sally, sortie, storming, transgression, unprovoked attack, warlikeness
See also: assault, belligerency, foray, incursion, infringement, intrusion, invasion, offense, onset, outbreak, provocation
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In particular, it is known that anger, which is a decisive factor in the appearance of aggressive behaviour (del Barrio & Roa, 2006), is strongly related to other variables amongst which we find emotional instability, depression and anxiety, given the comorbidity the latter ones have with each other (Brown, Meiser-Stedman, Woods, & Lester, 2016; del Barrio & Carrasco, 2014; Kerth, Tilman, & Luby, 2015; Poirier et al.
This paper was thus aimed at investigating the influence of family, peer group and neighborhood factors on adolescents' aggressive behaviour and understanding more fully how these three interrelated contexts transmit the effect of structural neighborhood conditions regarding adolescents' antisocial behaviour.
Aggression during early childhood has often been considered as normative and the view has been taken that children will grow out of aggressive behaviours.
It also found two in three consider abusive comments such as name calling directed at someone with a disability as a hate crime, rising to three in four when aggressive behaviour such as pushing or hitting was involved.
For another hand, and classified as an outside--targeted behaviour as well as a conduct disorder, aggressive behaviour stands as the most critical social trait that commonly characterizes behaviourally disordered children.
The eventual report said: "Behaviour of some members at council meetings is poor, with personally abusive language used and aggressive behaviour regularly demonstrated.
It is hoped an increased police presence on buses will prevent incidents such as stone throwing at buses and aggressive behaviour, as reported earlier this week.
The Centre's research has been used to develop model programs that prevent delinquency and criminal behaviour in youth, and to identify children who may be at risk for developing aggressive behaviour.
A staggering 96 per cent of drivers say they have been on the receiving end of aggressive behaviour.
Three variables were measured: aggressive thoughts, risky behaviour and aggressive behaviour and it was found that accident-related events were related with aggressive behaviour, but above all with risky behaviour, although both factors could significantly predict traffic accidents.
Lower levels of sweat, as measured by skin conductance activity (SCA), have been linked with conduct disorder and aggressive behaviour in children and adolescents.
AGGRESSIVE behaviour, noisy horns and smoking in their vehicles are just some of the complaints that have been made against taxi drivers in Wolverhampton.

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