pen·​e·​tra·​ble | \ ˈpe-nə-trə-bəl How to pronounce penetrable (audio) \

Definition of penetrable

: capable of being penetrated

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penetrability \ ˌpe-​nə-​trə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce penetrability (audio) \ noun

Examples of penetrable in a Sentence

unfortunately, our netting proved to be a rather penetrable barrier that allowed in our cabin a steady stream of mosquitoes

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And like the Flamingo, which is not a solid mass but penetrable so pedestrians can walk through it, Calatrava’s piece will invite interaction. Blair Kamin,, "Calatrava sculpture on the riverfront: Analysis," 9 May 2018 This may make sense for the prizes in the sciences and social sciences, since those fields are less than penetrable to anyone but fellow practitioners. Adam Kirsch, The Atlantic, "Readers Don't Need the Nobel Prize in Literature," 7 May 2018 In these photographs, though, borders are fragile, penetrable, thin as gauze. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "Deana Lawson’s Kingdom of Restored Glory," 8 Jan. 2018 Clippers defense suffers In two of the three exhibition games the Clippers have lost, their defense has been too penetrable. Broderick Turner,, "For now, Clippers must 'make do' without Gallinari, Rivers," 8 Oct. 2017 Here, the workspace was elevated to art, and the boundaries between student and professional, between product and process, between the child and adult worlds blurred, and were made penetrable. Kirstin Valdez Quade, New York Times, "The Other Side of the Wall: A New Generation of Latino Art," 17 Aug. 2017 At 35 years old and after all these years in tennis, Roger Federer has improbably improved in a way that used to seem impossible: His backhand, once pretty but penetrable, is now deadly. Tom Perrotta, WSJ, "Roger Federer is Somehow Better Than Ever," 16 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of penetrable

1538, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of penetrable was in 1538

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English Language Learners Definition of penetrable

: allowing someone or something to pass through or enter : able to be penetrated

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a strong desire or propensity

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