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penetrative

[pen-i-trey-tiv]
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adjective
  1. tending to penetrate; piercing.
  2. acute; keen.
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Origin of penetrative

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English word from Medieval Latin word penetrātīvus. See penetrate, -ive
Related formspen·e·tra·tive·ly, adverbpen·e·tra·tive·ness, pen·e·tra·tiv·i·ty [pen-i-truh-tiv-i-tee] /ˌpɛn ɪ trəˈtɪv ɪ ti/, nounun·pen·e·tra·tive, adjectiveun·pen·e·tra·tive·ly, adverb
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