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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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A continued introjection of both libido and aggressivity (Kernberg, 1975, p.
And aggressivity I always welcome, it makes the game much more beautiful and difficult.
The competitive functions of different component crops in barley-based intercropping system were recorded (means of both years are given in Table 5 in terms of aggressivity (A) relative crowding coefficient (K) and competitive ratio (CR) which were determined by using the following formulae:
Femininity - Femininity + Destructivity Negativity Intolerance, obtusity Imperialism/domination Totalitarianism Aggressivity Violence Normativeness Artificiality Crisis Masculinity- Masculinity +
10 Treatment Competitive ratio Aggressivity index Maize Intercrop Sole maize Sole potato Sole mustard Sole toria Sole pea Sole linseed Sole wheat Maize + potato (1:1) 1.
Effect of fungal-isolate aggressivity on the biosynthesis of symbiosisrelated polypeptides in differentiating eucalypt ectomycorrhizas.
There's a little gang around who are of kind of a similar temperament and who share both the aggressivity required to write a good new play and the decency required to keep things in some perspective.
A full discussion of the psychological position of Wordsworth at this moment must inevitably include the subject of masochism, particularly as it is elaborated by Leo Bersani (with a Nietzschean influence in my opinion) as "a psychic strategy" for surviving the aggressivity that inheres in sexuality, especially through the strategy of " creating the father as the agent of .
The broad continuity in human nature that Hobbes assumes between the state of nature and the state of civil society means that a representation of man in the state of nature can be worked up via observation of human behavior in society; for instance, in the Leviathan Hobbes invokes the example of the precautions men take against other men in society as grounds for his attribution to man of a natural aggressivity.
In other words, as Reyes summarized the evidence in her paper, even moderately high levels of lead exposure are associated with aggressivity, impulsivity, ADHD, and lower IQ.
Which is to say that they are not programmed to comprehend: their aggressivity must ultimately be self-destructive" (17) (4).
His voice, with its solemn, vulnerable grain, occupies an aesthetic position of intimacy but also borders on a certain passive aggressivity.