ac·​cel·​er·​a·​tive | \ ik-ˈse-lə-ˌrā-tiv How to pronounce accelerative (audio) , ak- \

Definition of accelerative

: of, relating to, or tending to cause acceleration : accelerating

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Recent Examples on the Web As for the accelerative forces in the Z axis—rising and falling, the up and down, urp!—the boat floats on the water. Dan Neil, WSJ, "Skip the Seasickness: How Boats Are Getting More Tech-Savvy," 28 June 2018 While direct head-to-head hits generated 150g (150 times the accelerative force of gravity) of force, compared to an average of 100g during football hits, the headbands could reduce that acceleration. Eric Niiler, WIRED, "Protect My Head? Soccer Pros Shrug and Carry On," 15 June 2018 Weckbach stresses that accelerative quickness isn’t the only metric customers will seek—charging times need to be rapid, as well. Alexander Stoklosa, Car and Driver, "More Details on Porsche’s Mission E Electric Sedan: Yes, It’ll Have a Frunk," 28 Feb. 2018 Its 197 horsepower adds a Fiesta-sized drizzle of accelerative thrills without overwhelming the front-drive ST’s drivability the way the larger Focus ST’s 252-hp engine does. Alexander Stoklosa, Car and Driver, "2017 Ford Fiesta ST," 2 Aug. 2017 Know that accelerative ability closely correlates to the engine's torque rating—not as much the horsepower. Ross Mccammon, GQ, "How to Test-Drive a New Car Like a Boss," 30 June 2017 While the two vehicles have similar power-to-weight ratios, the Raptor would have an outright accelerative advantage on the street. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "Desert Duel: Can the Ford Raptor Beat a Polaris RZR Side-by-Side in the Sand?," 15 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of accelerative

1666, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for accelerative

accelerate + -ive

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The first known use of accelerative was in 1666

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“Accelerative.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 6 December 2019.

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ac·​cel·​er·​a·​tive | \ ik-ˈsel-ə-ˌrāt-iv, ak- How to pronounce accelerative (audio) \

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