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 Inspired by the beauty and surreality of winter, Mazique’s five-track wonder is an intelligent and propulsive wonder. Britt Julious,, 26 Nov. 2021 The rocker is not as invasive as in other super shoes, allowing for a stable stance before hurrying your stride off your toes with a bit of flex and propulsive rebound. Brian Metzler, Outside Online, 28 Sep. 2020 The Steal has a thriller’s deliberately propulsive quality, a sense that several simultaneous narrative strands will eventually, surely, converge on a climactic action sequence. Jacob Bacharach, The New Republic, 4 Jan. 2022 His exuberant blend of traditional Haitian singing, propulsive percussion, intricate jazz improvisations and various Afro-Cuban traditions is a marvel of craft, wit and in-the-moment creation. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Dec. 2021 The propulsive jazz that bassist and guimbri player Joshua Abrams makes in this awesome Chicago ensemble continues to feel like a living, breathing, growing thing. Washington Post, 7 Dec. 2021 In Zhang’s dancing hands, phrases swelled and dotted rhythms quickened with propulsive force, sonic gravity be damned. Los Angeles Times, 7 Dec. 2021 Denis Villeneuve’s new, propulsive adaptation, fortunately, doesn’t need a glossary. The New Yorker, 27 Oct. 2021 Sappy tannins are ripe, balanced, and propulsive, and carry through this remarkable wine, which manages to showcase density and energy at the same time. Brian Freedman, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2021

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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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25 Jan 2022

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“Propulsive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2022.

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