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Meaning of PENETRATIVE

Pronunciation:  'peni`treytiv

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [adj]  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"
  2. [adj]  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"
 

PENETRATIVE is a 11 letter word that starts with P.

 

 Synonyms: acute, discriminating, incisive, keen, knifelike, penetrating, perceptive, piercing, sharp
 

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Pen"e*tra*tive\, a. [Cf. F. p['e]n['e]tratif.]
1. Tending to penetrate; of a penetrating quality; piercing;
   as, the penetrative sun.

         His look became keen and penetrative. --Hawthorne.

2. Having the power to affect or impress the mind or heart;
   impressive; as, penetrative shame. --Shak.

3. Acute; discerning; sagacious; as, penetrative wisdom.
   ``The penetrative eye.'' --Wordsworth.

         Led on by skill of penetrative soul.  --Grainger.

 

 

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