pro·​trac·​tion | \ prō-ˈtrak-shən How to pronounce protraction (audio) , prə- \

Definition of protraction

1 : the act of protracting : the state of being protracted
2 : the drawing to scale of an area of land

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Recent Examples on the Web The White House is preparing for President Trump’s impeachment trial to drag into next week amid fears that Senate rules and Democratic protractions will delay his acquittal. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, 31 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of protraction

1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for protraction

Late Latin protraction-, protractio act of drawing out, from protrahere

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“Protraction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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pro·​trac·​tion | \ -ˈtrak-shən How to pronounce protraction (audio) \

Medical Definition of protraction

1 : the act of moving an anatomical part forward
2 : the state of being protracted especially : protrusion of the jaws

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