projective

adjective
pro·​jec·​tive | \ prə-ˈjek-tiv How to pronounce projective (audio) \

Definition of projective

1 : relating to, produced by, or involving geometric projection
2 psychology : of, relating to, or being a technique, device, or test (such as the Rorschach test) that presents unstructured or ambiguous material (such as inkblots or sentence elements) to elicit interpretive responses revealing personality structure The Rorschach came to be known as a projective technique—the subject projects his or her anxieties and desires onto ambiguous images …— Sally Satel

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projectively adverb

Examples of projective in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Another projective test, TAT consists of a series of cards with a variety of scenes on them. Lacy Schley, Discover Magazine, "Personality," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of projective

1640, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of projective was in 1640

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“Projective.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/projective. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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projective

adjective
pro·​jec·​tive | \ prə-ˈjek-tiv How to pronounce projective (audio) \

Medical Definition of projective

: of, relating to, or being a technique, device, or test (as the Rorschach test) designed to analyze the psychodynamic constitution of an individual by presenting unstructured or ambiguous material (as inkblots, pictures, and sentence elements) that will elicit interpretive responses revealing personality structure

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