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assert (one)self

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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Having employees or representatives, or owning or maintaining tangible property within a state, may provide the state taxing authorities with a traditional basis for asserting nexus.
American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky, the court majority struck down a courthouse Commandments display, asserting that its purpose was to endorse religion.
The Trial Court dismissed tenant's defenses asserting breaches of the lease by landlord.
Asserting that "90 percent of the people believe in the Ten Commandments, and I'll bet you 85 percent of them couldn't tell you what the 10 are," the combative justice insisted that government display of the Decalogue is simply no big deal.
one effective means is a transfer of money or other property beyond the taxpayer's control to an escrowee or trustee pursuant to a written agreement (among the escrowee or trustee, the taxpayer and the person who is asserting the liability) that the money or other property be delivered in accordance with the settlement of the contest.
Over the summer, Falwell released a document written by one of his attorneys, Mat Stayer, asserting that the IRS has no teeth and rarely enforces the "no politicking" rule on churches.
It is not necessary to have a formal lawsuit, only an affirmative act, whether in writing or not, denying the liability's validity and/or correctness to the person asserting the liability.
A new Religious Right group has begun running full-page newspaper advertisements attacking church-state separation and asserting that the United States is in crisis because it has abandoned Christianity.
The party to be estopped intended that the misrepresentation be acted on or had reason to believe the party asserting the estoppel would rely on it.
Some conservative leaders are cutting ties to a national organization formed to oppose gay marriage, asserting that the group has connections to a radical Islamic movement.