Formed by the suffixation of prōiect- (the perfect passive participial stem of the Classical Latin prōiciō, whence the English verb project) with the English -ive; however, compare the post-Classical Latin prōiectīvus (“relating to purging”).
- projecting outward
- of, relating to, or caused by a projection
- (mathematics) describing those properties of a figure that are invariant upon projection
projective (plural projectives)
- (psychology) An assessment test that presents subjects with some sort of stimulus to which they react by projecting or imagining details.
2009, Paul J. Frick, Christopher T. Barry, & Randy W. Kamphaus, Clinical Assessment of Child and Adolescent Personality and Behavior, ISBN 144190641X:
- For example, using projectives as a psychometric technique allows one to compare a person's score with those from a normative group, or with those from some relevant clinic group, or with some other clinically important criterion (e.g., response to treatment).
2015, Paul Hackett, Qualitative Research Methods in Consumer Psychology, ISBN 1317690273:
- With its origins based in the field of psychology, projectives (also referred to as projective exercises or projective techniques) when used in qualitative research are fun "assignments" most often implemented during focus groups. Their goal is to elicit deeper, more visceral feelings from respondents -- about brands, products, concepts, advertising, and so on -- viewpoints that may go unmentioned when using more direct lines of inquiry.
- (mathematics) A projective member of a category.
- (linguistics) A statement about a conditional or potential state of affairs, as opposed to one about a situation that actually exists or existed.
2012, Jean Curthoys & Victor Dudman, Victor Dudman's Grammar and Semantics, ISBN 1137029242, page 74:
- This implies they contain more information than projectives. For if language is a code, then every element of that code – here, every word, every form of a word – would register a distinct semantic ingredient.