The adjective propulsive describes something that has the power to drive something forward. You would not want a propulsive jet engine on your model airplane — it’s just too much power for something that should stay in the basement.

You can think of propulsive as describing an object that has propellers (like a helicopter) that move it forward. But the word propulsive is not just for the literal. Use propulsive to make a description more colorful and imaginative. The word suggests a feeling of propelling, like hearing a soaring melody with a propulsive rhythm or a propulsive speech that makes you want to change the world.

Definitions of propulsive
  1. adjective
    having the power to propel
    propulsive coefficient”
  2. adjective
    tending to or capable of propelling
    “the faster a jet plane goes the greater its propulsive efficiency”
    “universities...the seats of propulsive thought”
    synonyms: propellant, propellent, propelling
    dynamic, dynamical
    characterized by action or forcefulness or force of personality
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