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- Date: 1806
- 1 : the act of asserting oneself or one's own rights, claims, or opinions
- 2 : the act of asserting one's superiority over others
- 3 : the action of asserting one's individuality, or insisting upon one's claims or one's supremacy.
For a poignant illustration of the term self-assertion:
- see Martin Heidegger's (in)famous Rectoral Inaugural address entitled The Self-Assertion of the German University and The Rectorate 1933