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[proh-troo-siv, pruh-]
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  1. projecting or protuberant; thrusting forward, upward, or outward.
  2. obtrusive.
  3. Archaic. pushing forward; having propulsive force.
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Origin of protrusive

1670–80; < Latin prōtrūs(us) (past participle of prōtrūdere to protrude) + -ive
Related formspro·tru·sive·ly, adjectivepro·tru·sive·ness, nounnon·pro·tru·sive, adjectivenon·pro·tru·sive·ly, adverbnon·pro·tru·sive·ness, nounun·pro·tru·sive, adjectiveun·pro·tru·sive·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for protrusive

Historical Examples

  • If they are not mere lumps, their ornament is hideously heavy and protrusive.

    American Sketches

    Charles Whibley

  • Likewise did they scream with protrusive energy: 'Give us back our lost Trades!'

    Temporal Power

    Marie Corelli

  • But the evolution of a free hand made it possible to dispense with protrusive lips and gripping teeth.

  • Unlike some of the other lizards, the Horned Toads are not provided with a protrusive tongue.

  • A true English heart breathes, calm and strong, through the whole business; not boisterous, protrusive; all the better for that.

British Dictionary definitions for protrusive


  1. tending to project or jut outwards
  2. a less common word for obtrusive
  3. archaic causing propulsion
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Derived Formsprotrusively, adverbprotrusiveness, noun
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