pen·​e·​tra·​tive | \ ˈpe-nə-ˌtrā-tiv How to pronounce penetrative (audio) \

Definition of penetrative

1 : tending to penetrate : piercing
2 : acute penetrative observations
3 : impressive a penetrative speaker

Examples of penetrative in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Saul, his eyes closed and his mouth slightly open, takes intense pleasure in these probing, penetrative sensations. Los Angeles Times, 23 May 2022 But does the less penetrative nature of oil mean the retinol won't work its magic on your skin? Marci Robin, Allure, 18 Feb. 2022 This layer also naturally generates negative ions to fight free radicals while providing deeply penetrative heat that initiates a full-body detox, improves circulation, and reduces inflammation for inside-out healing. Spin Contributor, SPIN, 28 Mar. 2022 Wednesday night was evident that there’s a real lack of penetrative imagination from Juve’s current midfielders. Emmet Gates, Forbes, 18 Mar. 2022 Recent experimentation provided an optimistic foundation for the penetrative electrode array system. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 5 Nov. 2021 Due to the intensive pore-penetrative properties of BHAs, Dr. Sobel suggests that drier, more mature, and sensitive skin types try using an AHA, like glycolic acid, instead to avoid irritation. Jennifer Hussein, Allure, 16 Nov. 2021 One of the more crucial aspects of the experiment was whether penetrative electrode arrays produced higher resolution images. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 5 Nov. 2021 Unless there are recurring, penetrative rains in August, the family will sell half of its herd. Los Angeles Times, 1 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of penetrative

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Penetrative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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