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  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.
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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
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Examples from the Web for projective

Historical Examples of projective

  • Projective telepathy had only been a crackpot's idea back then.

    The Penal Cluster

    Ivar Jorgensen (AKA Randall Garrett)

  • Every habit is impulsive, that is projective, urgent, and the habit of knowing is no exception.

  • The author is an architect and has written much of his art and of projective ornament.


    James Huneker

  • Similarly an axial pencil may be projective to an axial pencil.

  • They are cut by the lines of the other set in two projective rows.

British Dictionary definitions for projective


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