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assert (oneself)

To display self-confidence and strength of conviction, typically in the pursuit of something. Melanie is always so timid—I'm shocked she was able to assert herself to the boss today. You need to assert yourself and tell her how you really feel!
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assert oneself

To act boldly or forcefully, especially in defending one's rights or stating an opinion.
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Rather, as the standards go up, it is because less and less counts as knowledge that fewer and fewer things become assertable. The general variability in the standards for warranted assertability is explained by the variability in the standards for knowledge.
In its comment letter on the exposure draft of the 1998 bulletin, the AICPA had said it did not believe the proposed disclosures belonged in the basic financial statements, adding that the disclosures contained requirements that were neither assertable by the management nor verifiable by auditors.
While Robinson seemed to base the utility of such stipulations on the field-specific authority of the stipulator, it also seems reasonable that stipulated definitions could be seen as more or less assertable based upon the existence of good reasons advanced in favor of the new definition.
Statements concerning rights are meaningful according to the noncognitivist, it is just that the conditions under which those statements are correctly assertable are not what moral realists would take them to be.
Once a positive answer is given to the question of candidacy one can then ask if it is rationally assertable or not.
MacFarlane, on the other hand, worries that assessor relativism would make a seemingly unwarranted claim like (5) assertable. Here MacFarlane is explicitly concerned with the epistemological consequences of assessor relativism.
Free exercise of religion was "incorporated," "absorbed," or nationalized and, thus, made assertable against state and local governments through the Fourteenth Amendment's guarantees of "liberty" and "due process" in a series of decisions in which the Supreme Court made clear that freedom of religion is a preferred right entitled to special protection.
The author argues that all instances of the T-schema are not assertable. The reason is the presence of conventional implicature in a language.
Except for international law governing the relationship among nation-states (and other entities recognized as having assertable rights in international law), the political state is the primary source for positive law and the constitutional structure of law in modern society.
For several centuries after William the Conqueror initiated the feudal system in England (1066), all that existed in common law England relating to the ownership of land were the concepts clustering around the idea of feudal tenure which would evolve into legal title.(41) During this time there was considerable evolution as to the scope of power assertable by the private owner (legal title holder).
That is, given that a discourse is faithfully modelled using Heyting's semantics for the logical constants, then if a statement S is not warrantedly assertable, its negation S is.
Supreme Court has taken a more restrictive view regarding rights and liberties assertable against the states under the federal constitution, "no longer deem[ing] itself the keeper of the nation's conscience."(18) In the Burger and Rehnquist eras, the federal floor has been lowered, forcing litigants and courts to look to their state constitutions to find protection for rights and liberties not protected by the federal constitution.(19) Although new judicial federalism may be associated with the concept of giving greater protections under state constitutions, this need not be the case.(20) States may also independently interpret their constitutions to give less protection than the federal constitution, in which case they must enforce the federal level of protection.(21)