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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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Thus, consistent with routine activity theory (Cohen & Felson, 1979), the context of the bar sets up the classic opportunity for crime (in this case, both predatory aggression done in the guise of a social overture and aggressive persistence even when the overture is genuine).
The safest course of action is to assume that predatory aggression can be triggered in any dog and take appropriate precautions.
Data that further support the interaction of serotonin and testosterone with aggression are found in studies in which tryptophan decreased predatory aggression (serotonin being derived from tryptophan).