trac·​tive | \ ˈtrak-tiv How to pronounce tractive (audio) \

Definition of tractive

1 : serving to draw
2 : of or relating to traction : tractional

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Of course, in those days, the power source also provided the tractive force needed to set and keep the vehicle in motion. Lyndon Conrad Bell, Houston Chronicle, "Puncture-proof tires: Get no more flats," 9 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of tractive

1615, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tractive

Latin tractus, past participle

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