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

Definition of tractive

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

Examples of tractive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This type has two sets of driving wheels connected by a joint and providing great tractive force. Wayne Whittaker, Popular Mechanics, 26 Aug. 2021 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, 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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“Tractive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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