protrusive

adjective
pro·​tru·​sive | \ prō-ˈtrü-siv How to pronounce protrusive (audio) , -ziv \

Definition of protrusive

1 archaic : thrusting forward
2 : prominent, protuberant a protrusive jaw
3 : obtrusive, pushing a coarse protrusive manner

Other Words from protrusive

protrusively adverb
protrusiveness noun

Examples of protrusive in a Sentence

his protrusive way of helping his coworkers usually provokes resentment, not gratitude
Recent Examples on the Web Lumbar support on the mesh back is very good and the curve is well-placed and protrusive enough to support my slightly more pronounced back curvature perfectly. Corey Gaskin And Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, 11 Sep. 2020 Her sweetheart gown is sleeveless, secured by a strip of organza encircling each arm; her chest bereft of jewelry, only her protrusive collarbones accessorize her décolletage. Hannah Seidlitz, Longreads, 10 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of protrusive

1676, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Protrusive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/protrusive. Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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More Definitions for protrusive

protrusive

adjective
pro·​tru·​sive | \ -ˈtrü-siv, -ziv How to pronounce protrusive (audio) \

Medical Definition of protrusive

1 : thrusting forward protrusive movements of the jaw
2 : prominent, protuberant a protrusive jaw

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