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Definitions for penetrative
ˈpɛn ɪˌtreɪ tɪvpen·e·tra·tive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. acute, discriminating, incisive, keen, knifelike, penetrating, penetrative, piercing, sharpadjective

    having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions

    "an acute observer of politics and politicians"; "incisive comments"; "icy knifelike reasoning"; "as sharp and incisive as the stroke of a fang"; "penetrating insight"; "frequent penetrative observations"

  2. penetrative, penetratingadjective

    tending to penetrate; having the power of entering or piercing

    "a toxic penetrative spray applied to the surface"; "a cold penetrating wind"; "a penetrating odor"


  1. penetrativeadjective

    Of, pertaining to, or involving penetration

  2. penetrativeadjective

    Having the ability to penetrate

  3. penetrativeadjective

    Displaying insight or discrimination; acute

Webster Dictionary

  1. Penetrativeadjective

    tending to penetrate; of a penetrating quality; piercing; as, the penetrative sun

    Etymology: [Cf. F. pntratif.]

  2. Penetrativeadjective

    having the power to affect or impress the mind or heart; impressive; as, penetrative shame

    Etymology: [Cf. F. pntratif.]

  3. Penetrativeadjective

    acute; discerning; sagacious; as, penetrative wisdom

    Etymology: [Cf. F. pntratif.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of penetrative in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of penetrative in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of penetrative in a Sentence

  1. Anitha Shenoy:

    If you look at the Indian penal code, there are so many subclassifications. They range from molestation, assault, to rape and penetrative sex. Here( in the bill) it is very loosely worded.

  2. Jakob Vinther:

    From what we can see, this cloaca would not have been suitable for cloacal kissing, it looks like it would have been penetrative sex.

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