[pen-i-truh-buh l]


capable of being penetrated.

Origin of penetrable

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin penetrābilis, equivalent to penetrā(re) to penetrate + -bilis -ble
Related formspen·e·tra·bil·i·ty, pen·e·tra·ble·ness, nounpen·e·tra·bly, adverbnon·pen·e·tra·bil·i·ty, nounnon·pen·e·tra·ble, adjectivenon·pen·e·tra·bly, adverbself-pen·e·tra·bil·i·ty, nountrans·pen·e·tra·ble, adjectiveun·pen·e·tra·ble, adjectiveun·pen·e·tra·bly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for penetrable

accessible, open, passable, pervious, porous, receptive, susceptible

Examples from the Web for penetrable

Historical Examples of penetrable

  • Callum, flint to other considerations, was penetrable to superstition.


    Sir Walter Scott

  • Actually, he had placed his soldiers in a most penetrable trap.

  • The one penetrable point in his ironclad nature had not been reached yet.

    Heart and Science

    Wilkie Collins

  • If it is nothing, nothing can have no quality; yet you tell me that it is penetrable and immense.

    A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 6 (of 10)

    Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)

  • The lady had seen much of foreign life—had travelled in every penetrable country, and her wealth seemed as great as her beauty.

    Fashion and Famine

    Ann S. Stephens

Word Origin and History for penetrable

early 15c., "penetrating," from Latin penetrabilis "penetrable, vulnerable," from penetrare (see penetrate). Meaning "capable of being penetrated" is attested from 1530s; figurative use by 1590s. Related: Penetrability.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper