"asserts" in the verb sense
1. assert, asseverate, maintain
2. affirm, verify, assert, avow, aver, swan, swear
to declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true
"Before God I swear I am innocent"
3. assert, put forward
insist on having one's opinions and rights recognized
"Women should assert themselves more!"
4. insist, assert
postulate positively and assertively
"The letter asserts a free society"
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