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 penetrable (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
Recent Examples on the Web Anyway, that a college bubble, always penetrable, solves all is hard to embrace. Mike Anthony,, "Mike Anthony: Can you stick NCAA basketball in a bubble during the coronavirus pandemic?," 8 Aug. 2020 However, the common denominator among both performances was that Simeone's men conceded twice and the defence looked penetrable., "Atletico Madrid 0-0 Celta Vigo: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Rojiblancos Blow Chance to Go Top," 21 Sep. 2019 Key Talking Point Norwich started the half well, but the defence began to look penetrable as soon as the hosts began warmed to the task., "West Ham 2-0 Norwich: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Dominant Hammers Claim Victory," 31 Aug. 2019 The most concerning thing as far as Wolves fans are concerned is that their usually reliable defence looked shaky and penetrable., "Wolves 1-1 Man Utd: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Paul Pogba Misses Penalty in Entertaining Draw," 19 Aug. 2019 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

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First Known Use of penetrable

1538, in the meaning defined above

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“Penetrable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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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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