pro·​pul·​sive | \ prə-ˈpəl-siv \

Definition of propulsive

: tending or having power to propel propulsive force

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At a party, as the guests gossip about Marnie, short motifs get a propulsive, repetitive energy reminiscent of the music of John Adams. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "‘Marnie’ Review: A Thief’s Secrets," 22 Oct. 2018 Capernaum has strangely propulsive quality to it, though the plot is relatively slight. Chloe Schama, Vogue, "In Capernaum, Nadine Labaki Visits Some of the Most Miserable Places on Earth—And Turns It Into Art," 14 Dec. 2018 This propulsive, energetic work for string quartet, flute and clarinet/bass clarinet pits the instruments against each other, as well as in occasional harmony. Melinda Bargreen, The Seattle Times, "Seattle Chamber Music Society debuts an ear-boggling piece by a ‘Dark Knight’ composer," 17 July 2018 That’s certainly a necessary step for a series that still has three more movies to go and currently isn’t proceeding at a particularly propulsive rate. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "Even for the Harry Potter hardcore, Crimes of Grindelwald is one convoluted movie," 8 Nov. 2018 Merrill Nisker's punky, propulsive electro-pop would sound right at home on the radio with today's bops, while Lady Gaga might as well owe her a check for her performative outfits and stage shows. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "Riot Fest 2017 preview: 8 acts to see and what songs to know," 13 Sep. 2017 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

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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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The first known use of propulsive was in 1648

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