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

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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 8 Jul. 2020.

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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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