Something protracted has been drawn out, usually in a tedious way. Protracted things are long and seem like they're never going to end.

Anything protracted is lasting longer than you would like. A speech that seems to go on forever is protracted. If an employer and a union can't reach an agreement, there could be a protracted strike. Before a movie, the previews are almost always protracted — they never seem to stop. If something is long and annoying, and there's no good reason it couldn't be shorter, it's protracted.

Definitions of protracted
  1. adjective
    relatively long in duration; tediously protracted
    protracted negotiations”
    synonyms: drawn-out, extended, lengthy, prolonged
    primarily temporal sense; being or indicating a relatively great or greater than average duration or passage of time or a duration as specified
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