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Definition of the adjective agonistic

What does agonistic mean as an attribute of a noun?


  1. of or relating to the athletic contests held in ancient Greece
  2. striving to overcome in argument
  3. struggling for effect

Alternative definition of the adjective agonistic


  1. Of or relating to contests that were originally participated in by the Ancient Greeks; athletic.
  2. [context: zoology, anthropology] Characterised by conflict or hostility.
  3. [rhetoric] Argumentative, combative.
  4. [pharmacology] Pertaining to an agonist.

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Google previewCaptive Seawater Fishes (1992)

Science and Technology by Stephen Spotte

The adjective agonistic means striving to overcome in argument; competitive or combative. This seems simple enough. However, to animal behaviorists the agonist can be either the aggressor or the recipient of aggression. According to Miller ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Ethology (1989)

by Klaus Immelmann, Colin Beer

AGONISTIC BEHAVIOR Agonistic behavior A general term for all behavior having to do with fighting, including aggression (attack, threat behavior, defense) and fleeing. The use of the term in the ethological literature varies: many ethologists, ...

Google previewCRC Dictionary of Agricultural Sciences (2001)

by Robert Alan Lewis

lb: an agonistic ...

Google previewDictionary of Optometry and Visual Science (2014)

by Michel Millodot

Table M5 Agonistic, antagonistic and synergistic extraocular muscles agonist ipsilateral antagonist ipsilateral synergist(s) contralateral synergist lateral rectus medial rectus superior oblique medial rectus inferior oblique superior rectus inferior ...

Google previewDictionary of Psychology (2014)

by Mike Cardwell

agonistic behavior the neurotransmitter serotonin in the aggressive behavior of chimpanzees, with a suggestion that the same role may be observed in humans • psychological theories such as the frustration-aggression theory see aggression ...

Google previewThe International Encyclopedia of Language and Social Interaction, 3 Volume Set (2015)

by Karen Tracy, Cornelia Ilie, Todd Sandel

Distinctive features and recurrent patterns of parliamentary discourse Histrionic versus agonistic features of parliamentary discourse The interaction between MPs exhibits elements of both a theater scenario, that is, histrionic features, and a ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Animal Behaviour (2006)

by David Mcfarland

agonistic behaviour The complex of *aggression, *threat, *appeasement, and ...

Google previewThe Facts on File Dictionary of Ecology and the Environment (2009)

by Jill Bailey

agonistic may be by natural colonization by trees or by deliberate planting. age class The individuals in a population of a particular age. age distribution The number of individuals of each age in a population. When the birth rate and survival ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Biology (2009)

by Don Rittner, Timothy Lee McCabe

agonistic behavior This behavior usually involves two animals in a competitive contest, which can be in the form of combat,

agonistic behavior where one individual becomes dominant, others become subdominant, and so on down the line, ...

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Scrabble value of A1G2O1N1I1S1T1I1C3

The value of this 9-letter word is 12 points, but it's not an accepted word in the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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