pen·​e·​tra·​tive ˈpe-nə-ˌtrā-tiv How to pronounce penetrative (audio)
: tending to penetrate : piercing
: acute
penetrative observations
: impressive
a penetrative speaker

Examples of penetrative in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Article continues after video. 04 Play with your vibrator For a cervical orgasm, leverage a penetrative vibrator to hit those spots that a human being might not be able to do. Dominique Fluker, Essence, 13 Feb. 2024 But perhaps more importantly, their penises are too big for penetrative mating. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Nov. 2023 If deep penetration positions like doggy style, rider-on-top, and lifted missionary start to feel uncomfortable, stop doing them and opt for a shallow penetrative position instead. Jessica Migala, Women's Health, 28 Aug. 2023 Boundaries, during Reichardt’s shoots, must be penetrative, as her team depends on locals to mount production. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, 22 June 2023 This might explain why chachalacas, guans and curassow — birds in the family Cracidae — possess penetrative penises. Christie Wilcox, Discover Magazine, 6 June 2013 The greater the pressure, the greater the shell’s peak velocity—and the greater its range and penetrative power. David Axe, Forbes, 4 May 2023 The veterinary staff used a penetrative captive bolt, killing him instantly. Christie Wilcox, Discover Magazine, 14 Feb. 2014 The greater the pressure, the greater the shell’s peak velocity—and the greater its penetrative power. David Axe, Forbes, 25 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of penetrative was in the 15th century

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“Penetrative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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