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[proh-troo-siv, pruh-] /proʊˈtru sɪv, prə-/
projecting or protuberant; thrusting forward, upward, or outward.
Archaic. pushing forward; having propulsive force.
Origin of protrusive
1670-80; < Latin prōtrūs(us) (past participle of prōtrūdere to protrude) + -ive
Related forms
protrusively, adjective
protrusiveness, noun
nonprotrusive, adjective
nonprotrusively, adverb
nonprotrusiveness, noun
unprotrusive, adjective
unprotrusively, adverb Unabridged
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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
  • A serviceable pith helmet barely overhung the protrusive goggles.

    The Unspeakable Perk Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • 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.

    Heroes and Hero Worship Thomas Carlyle
  • The protrusive jaw was thrust up under E. Van Tenner's retiring nose.

    The Beggar's Purse Samuel Hopkins Adams
British Dictionary definitions for protrusive


tending to project or jut outwards
a less common word for obtrusive
(archaic) causing propulsion
Derived Forms
protrusively, adverb
protrusiveness, noun
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