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 (prō-trăkt′, prə-)
tr.v. pro·tract·ed, pro·tract·ing, pro·tracts
1. To draw out or lengthen in time; prolong: disputants who needlessly protracted the negotiations.
2. Mathematics To draw to scale by means of a scale and protractor; plot.
3. Anatomy To extend or protrude (a body part).

[Latin prōtrahere, prōtract- : prō-, forth; see pro-1 + trahere, to drag.]

pro·tract′ed·ly (-trăk′tĭd-lē) adv.
pro·tract′ed·ness n.
pro·trac′tive adj.
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For mom, lawmaking was a protractive and deliberative process that required negotiation and coalition building rather than threats of losing committee posts or reckless impeachment threats.
He managed to not get embroiled in protractive ground action by removing his forces quickly.
In addition the time-scale could prove to be very protractive indeed.