having or exerting traction; drawing.

1605–15; < Latin tract(us) (see traction) + -ive Unabridged
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traction (ˈtrækʃən)
1.  the act of drawing or pulling, esp by motive power
2.  the state of being drawn or pulled
3.  med the application of a steady pull on a part during healing of a fractured or dislocated bone, using a system of weights and pulleys or splints
4.  the adhesive friction between a wheel and a surface, as between a driving wheel of a motor vehicle and the road
[C17: from Medieval Latin tractiō, from Latin tractus dragged; see tractile]

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Tractive performance of studded tires is sensitive to stud wear.
At the beginning of this era, researchers were attempting to improve the tractive characteristics of steel wheeled vehicles.
As the speed drops, the tractive effort of the locomotive consist will go up.
Tractive performances of tires at the same inflation pressure were not affected by small changes in aspect ratio.
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