protrusive

adjective

pro·​tru·​sive prō-ˈtrü-siv How to pronounce protrusive (audio)
-ziv
1
archaic : thrusting forward
2
: prominent, protuberant
a protrusive jaw
3
: obtrusive, pushing
a coarse protrusive manner
protrusively adverb
protrusiveness noun

Examples of protrusive in a Sentence

his protrusive way of helping his coworkers usually provokes resentment, not gratitude
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Word History

First Known Use

1676, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of protrusive was in 1676

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“Protrusive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/protrusive. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

protrusive

adjective
pro·​tru·​sive -ˈtrü-siv, -ziv How to pronounce protrusive (audio)
1
: thrusting forward
protrusive movements of the jaw
2
: prominent, protuberant
a protrusive jaw
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