pro·pul·sive | \prə-ˈpəl-siv \

Definition of propulsive 

: tending or having power to propel propulsive force

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His propulsive Tex-Mex music is a dancer’s delight. George Varga,, "Spring arts 2018: 10 things to watch in music this season," 25 Mar. 2018 This Royal Oak group is unveiling a debut EP showcasing its sensibility for cinematic rock, propulsive rhythms and sweet melodies. Jeff Milo, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit music this weekend: Free summer festivals deliver the sounds," 7 June 2018 Sandoval won’t have any high-profile guests when he and his propulsive quintet perform here — and that’s a good thing. George Varga,, "Bayside Summer Nights concert series will feature fireworks galore, plus a few rock and R&B legends," 28 June 2018 His version of Copland’s Sonata, the finest large-scale work for piano ever composed by an American, is a miracle of sympathetic comprehension, by turns rhythmically propulsive and warmly, expansively lyrical. Terry Teachout, WSJ, "The Maestro at the Piano," 26 June 2018 The new one’s the most violent, but also the least propulsive, with a deliberate, lurching, stop-and-start rhythm and subpar digital photography. Michael Phillips, kansascity, "In ‘First Purge’ prequel, there’s no avoiding politics or buckets of blood," 3 July 2018 Like the band's most ubiquitous songs, this film looks propulsive, different, and a whole lot of fun. Tom Philip, GQ, "The Bohemian Rhapsody Trailer Is Unbridled Rock 'n' Roll Fun," 15 May 2018 The most propulsive dance music at Ink magazine’s Middle of the Map festival likely will be played by an indie-rock band. Bill Brownlee, kansascity, "Meet the Middlers: Spoon brings its powerhouse grooves to fest," 22 June 2018 Part of the power of The Incredibles was the way each protagonist and main villain had a distinct personal story arc, but all of them worked together seamlessly to create a single propulsive story. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "With Incredibles 2, Pixar moves away from complicated emotions," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of propulsive

1648, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for propulsive

Latin propulsus, past participle of propellere

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