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I’m aggressive, astute if you will,
My middle and end, will make you go still,
But my end alone, rituals fulfil,
My start is deep, but not used anymore,
Now find out what I am, that’s what I ask for.

Hint:

The title isn’t a hint I’m just actually confused why I continue posting these

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    $\begingroup$ Yeah, I posted my last Riley Riddle today, actually :P $\endgroup$ – Feeds Sep 21 '18 at 8:44
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    $\begingroup$ Last? Wow that’s a big promise $\endgroup$ – Rohit Jose Sep 21 '18 at 9:10
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I think the answer is

Pitstop

I’m aggressive, astute if you will

During a motor race, pitstops are used strategically to try and increase a driver's chance of winning. The timing and number of pitstops taken in a race requires astute decision-making. Refuelling, changing of tyres and other actions are usually performed as quickly as possible so are often aggressive in their undertaking.

My middle and end, will make you go still,

Stop

But my end alone, rituals fulfil,

Top - practice makes perfect

My start is deep, but not used anymore,

Pit - pits are often very deep (e.g, a coal mine). I think the type of pit not used anymore might be referring to an enclosure in which animals are made to fight (e.g, a bear pit).

Now find out what I am, that’s what I ask for.

Pitstop

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How about

well-bred?

I’m aggressive, astute if you will,

Not sure, but astuteness could result from good pedigree.

My middle and end, will make you go still,

Coldness, denoted by br, has a chilling effect. And red is the traffic light color that tells you to stop.

But my end alone, rituals fulfil,

The ending ed could be an abbreviation for "education", which, when formalized, is often only achieved by the completion of ritualized acts.

My start is deep, but not used anymore,

Wells are not nearly as common for individuals to use for accessing water now as they were in the past.

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  • $\begingroup$ Can you explain "my end alone, rituals fulfil" ? $\endgroup$ – Evargalo Nov 20 '18 at 9:29
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    $\begingroup$ @Evargalo I was least sure about that one, but I edited in my best effort. $\endgroup$ – WAF Nov 20 '18 at 9:35
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I think you're

A stop sign

I’m aggressive, astute if you will,

you tell drivers what to do

My middle and end, will make you go still,

The end is the sign itself, the middle is a pole which can also be used to

But my end alone, rituals fulfil,

stop, look and go

My start is deep, but not used anymore,

it's in the ground

Now find out what I am, that’s what I ask for.

here you go?

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