[ pen-i-truh-buhl ]
See synonyms for: penetrablepenetrability on

  1. capable of being penetrated.

Origin of penetrable

1375–1425; late Middle English <Latin penetrābilis, equivalent to penetrā(re) to penetrate + -bilis-ble

Other words from penetrable

  • pen·e·tra·bil·i·ty, pen·e·tra·ble·ness, noun
  • pen·e·tra·bly, adverb
  • non·pen·e·tra·bil·i·ty, noun
  • non·pen·e·tra·ble, adjective
  • non·pen·e·tra·bly, adverb
  • self-pen·e·tra·bil·i·ty, noun
  • trans·pen·e·tra·ble, adjective
  • un·pen·e·tra·ble, adjective
  • un·pen·e·tra·bly, adverb

Words Nearby penetrable Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use penetrable in a sentence

  • The niche set apart for them to inhabit in our secret hearts is not penetrable by the lights and noises of common day.

  • The night filled with so much driving snow had become a kind of white gloom, less penetrable than the darkness.

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  • The skin is, in some parts, so thick and hard as scarcely to be penetrable by the sharpest sabre, or even by a musket-ball.