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penetrative Line breaks: pene¦tra|tive
Pronunciation: /ˈpɛnɪtrətɪv/

Definition of penetrative in English:


1Able to make a way into or through something: the gunpowder weapons have extra penetrative power
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  • Once large-caliber explosive shells become the norm in the 1880s and 1890s, however, it was rare for the resistive power of a ship's armor to equal the penetrative power of its biggest guns.
  • File was the main battle formation for infantry, its formation in depth increased the troops' penetrative power yet claimed too many lives.
  • The penetrative, unremitting power of her PR had so convinced the newspapers, and through them everyone, including many of my fellow scientists, that my own truths counted for nothing.
1.1(Of sexual activity) in which a man inserts his penis into the vagina or anus of a sexual partner.
Example sentences
  • For young men and women who had started sexual activity, the medium age of their first sexual experience (i.e. penetrative sex) was 16 years for young women and 15 years for young men.
  • Sexual activity could include solo and mutual masturbation, oral sex, and penetrative intercourse.
  • I should qualify that statement, and say that it only applies to fertile heterosexual couples engaging in penetrative intercourse without the use of contraception.
2Having or showing clear insight: a thorough and penetrative survey
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  • There are no other thinkers of that period, the 19th century, who really had such a penetrative insight into the relationship between ecological crises and the construction of our society.
  • In penetrative insight practice, the settled mind itself is scrupulously and silently examined to realize its true nature.
  • Although courteous and well informed, the questioning is invariably sharp and penetrative, determined to deliver the best to the reader.
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