penetrative

adjective
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 Zhurong, which is named after the Chinese god of fire, is equipped with ground-penetrative radar and a topography camera for a mission that is scheduled for 90 days. Washington Post, 22 May 2021 Zhurong, which is named after the Chinese god of fire, is equipped with ground-penetrative radar and a topography camera for a mission that is scheduled for 90 days. BostonGlobe.com, 22 May 2021 Recognizing the Heat would be guarding the paint to negate Antetokounmpo's penetrative offensive play, the Bucks showered Miami with threes from the outset. Calum Trenaman, CNN, 30 Dec. 2020 Try something else or go back to non-penetrative sexytimes. Anna Pulley, chicagotribune.com, 18 Dec. 2020 Fabián Ruiz is a shining light in a struggling Spain side Always attempts penetrative passes. SI.com, 3 Nov. 2019 Since Mars is the warrior planet, it's associated with penetrative sexuality in astrology. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, 2 July 2018 The grouper sniffs out fish, and the penetrative octopus flushes them from their coral caves. James Parker, The Atlantic, 10 Mar. 2018 About 3 percent are penetrative injuries like gunshots or stab wounds. Meredith Colias-pete, Post-Tribune, 9 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of penetrative

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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28 May 2021

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“Penetrative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/penetrative. Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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penetrative

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of penetrative

used to describe sexual activity in which a man puts his penis into another person's vagina or anus
formal : able to enter or go through something
formal : having or showing an ability to understand things clearly and fully

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