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Latin prōtēnsīvus, from prōtendō (draw out).


  • IPA(key): /pɹəˈtɛnsɪv/, /pɹoʊˈtɛnsɪv/


protensive (comparative more protensive, superlative most protensive)

  1. Drawn out; extended.
    • 1852, William Hamilton, Discussions on Philosophy and Literature, Education and University Reform
      Time, Protension or protensive quantity, called likewise Duration, is a necessary condition of thought. It may be considered both in itself and in the things which it contains.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for protensive in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913)