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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,

A clear distinction between agonistic and aggressive behavior is therefore preferred. Another ...

Google previewClimate Change: An Encyclopedia of Science and History [4 volumes] (2013)

An Encyclopedia of Science and History by Brian C. Black, David M. Hassenzahl Ph.D., Jennie C. Stephens, Gary Weisel, Nancy Gift

Agonistic pluralism. In contrast with the two previous modes of engagement, which are predominantly top-down managerial practices, the third mode of engagement with climate change is initiated from the bottom up. Engagement starts from ...

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 previewA Dictionary of Science (2017)

by Jonathan Law

See AGONISTIC BEHAVIOUR; DISPLAY BEHAVIOUR; RITUALIZATION. AGN. Active galactic nucleus. See ACTIVE GALAXY. agnathan. Any jawless ...

Google previewDictionary of the Theatre (1998)

Terms, Concepts, and Analysis by Patrice Pavis, Christine Shantz

By extension, the agon, or "agonistic" principle, characterizes the conflict between the protagonists*, who oppose each other in a dialectic of speech/reply. Each is totally involved in a debate that leaves its mark on the dramatic structure and ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Psychopharmacology (2010)

by Ian Stolerman

Ethopharmacology has particularly blossomed in the area of ▷ social interactions and ▷aggression research probably due to the availability of ethologically trained scientists, the rich agonistic repertoire of rodents, and the translational ...

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 ...

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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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