- tending to penetrate; piercing.
- acute; keen.
Origin of penetrative
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Examples from the Web for penetrative
He has a voice not dissimilar in timbre and penetrative ability to the incredibly annoying comedian Stephen Merchant.The Addictive Curse of ‘Let’s Plays’
November 11, 2014
A penetrative word or a heroic gesture might lose them the day.Critical Miscellanies (Vol. 1 of 3)
The pleading was crafty, and it was penetrative in the avoidance of stress.The Amazing Marriage, Complete
She had at this another, but a sharper, of her penetrative pauses.The Shadow of Life
Anne Douglas Sedgwick
Hence the afterthought of the decorative but penetrative ironwork.The Old Inns of Old England, Volume I (of 2)
Charles G. Harper
As a critic he was penetrative, comprehensive, and impartial.A Biographical Dictionary of Freethinkers of All Ages and Nations
Joseph Mazzini Wheeler