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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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Related Words for protrusive

outstanding, outright, overt, flagrant, conspicuous, unabashed, glaring, shameless, noticeable, egregious, outrageous, blatant, protruding, gross, patent, rank, manifest, brazen, crying, open

Examples from the Web for protrusive

Historical Examples of protrusive

  • 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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