penetrative

adjective pen·e·tra·tive \ ˈpe-nə-ˌtrā-tiv \
Updated on: 20 Mar 2018

Definition of penetrative

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

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First Known Use of penetrative

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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PENETRATIVE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of penetrative for English Language Learners

  • —used to describe sexual activity in which a man puts his penis into another person's vagina or anus

  • : able to enter or go through something

  • : having or showing an ability to understand things clearly and fully


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