1. of or relating to projection.
  2. produced, or capable of being produced, by projection.
  3. Psychology. of, relating to, or noting a test or technique for revealing the hidden motives or underlying personality structure of an individual by the use of ambiguous or unstructured test materials, as ink blots, cloud pictures, or cartoons, that encourage spontaneous responses.

Origin of projective

First recorded in 1625–35; project + -ive
Related formspro·jec·tive·ly, adverbpro·jec·tiv·i·ty [proh-jek-tiv-i-tee] /ˌproʊ dʒɛkˈtɪv ɪ ti/, nounnon·pro·jec·tive, adjectiveun·pro·jec·tive, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. relating to or concerned with projectionprojective geometry
Derived Formsprojectively, adverb
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