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

adj having the power to propel

propulsive coefficient”

adj tending to or capable of propelling

“the faster a jet plane goes the greater its propulsive efficiency”
“universities...the seats of propulsive thought”
propellant, propellent, propelling
dynamic, dynamical
characterized by action or forcefulness or force of personality

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