ac·​cel·​er·​a·​tive ik-ˈse-lə-ˌrā-tiv How to pronounce accelerative (audio)
: of, relating to, or tending to cause acceleration : accelerating

Examples of accelerative in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Stephen Edelstein Acceleration is peppy, with the motor pulling more strongly at low speeds and gradually leveling off in accelerative effort. Stephen Edelstein, Ars Technica, 9 Apr. 2024 Going for the more powerful dual-motor all-wheel-drive model sharpens the ID.4's accelerative performance, as evidenced by its 5.4-second jump to 60 mph at our test track. Austin Irwin, Car and Driver, 29 Aug. 2023 But most surprising for a vehicle the size of Belgium is its accelerative prowess. John Phillips, Car and Driver, 26 Aug. 2023 Although there was a moment when Durney demonstrated the car's accelerative capabilities. Frank Fellone, Arkansas Online, 12 Nov. 2022 There’s a sense of all the anger and frustration coursing through the paint, an accelerative thrust that feels impatient, as if time is running out. New York Times, 31 July 2022 That added dose of instant accelerative torque is available up to 81 mph, at which point the electric motor automatically disconnects. Jeremy Taylor, Robb Report, 9 May 2021 The reality of those accelerative forces are substantial enough to cause physical discomfort—don't take a 765LT on track after a large lunch. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 29 Sep. 2020 An oil-pan hinge-type baffle is added to keep the oil from rushing away from the oil-pump pickup tube under the tremendous accelerative forces the Z1-R TC generates. Larry Griffin, Car and Driver, 10 June 2020

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Word History


accelerate + -ive

First Known Use

1666, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of accelerative was in 1666

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Cite this Entry

“Accelerative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition


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