pro·​pul·​sive | \ prə-ˈpəl-siv How to pronounce propulsive (audio) \

Definition of propulsive

: tending or having power to propel propulsive force

Examples of propulsive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The renowned Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite has a knack for finding the propulsive poetry of large ensembles. New York Times, "5 Things to Do This Weekend," 26 Nov. 2020 That’s what Reeves Wiedeman, a New York contributing editor since 2016, has done with Billion Dollar Loser, the propulsive tale of WeWork’s, and Neumann’s, rise and fall. Vauhini Vara, The Atlantic, "The WeWork Guy’s Guide to Striking It Rich," 14 Oct. 2020 Need and anxiety are propulsive forces, especially in a crowd. National Geographic, "gone viral," 13 Oct. 2020 Hearing Max Weinberg's propulsive drums, Jake Clemons' soaring saxophone and that celebrative, heroic Wall of Sound will thrill longtime believers. Star Tribune, "New music review: Springsteen sends a vibrant 'Letter' about mortality," 22 Oct. 2020 In a series of three propulsive burns over a period of hours, OSIRIS-REx will deorbit, align with its sampling site and then slowly descend toward the asteroid's surface. Dante S. Lauretta, Scientific American, "To Bennu and Back," 1 Aug. 2016 But his shot of the Mahatma Gandhi bronze statue in the Indian Cultural Garden is framed nicely in a way that captures its propulsive energy. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Cleveland’s struggles with racism, poverty, decay, documented with passion and honesty Artists Archives photography show," 4 Oct. 2020 Out in the streets, go-go music became the de facto soundtrack of the District’s Black Lives Matter protests, with various groups rolling around the city’s grid on parade floats, offering a propulsive rhythm for protesters’ marching feet. Washington Post, "In the streets and online, go-go’s drumbeat for social change remains a constant," 18 Sep. 2020 The couple’s saga is both a love story and a propulsive medical thriller, with valuable lessons for health researchers and physicians. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Arts & Culture Newsletter: Los Lobos, livestreamed from the Belly Up, felt like the real deal," 10 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of propulsive

1648, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for propulsive

Latin prōpulsus, past participle of prōpellere "to push or thrust forward, compel to go onward" + -ive — more at propel

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The first known use of propulsive was in 1648

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2 Dec 2020

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“Propulsive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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