penetrative

[ pen-i-trey-tiv ]
/ ˈpɛn ɪˌtreɪ tɪv /

adjective

tending to penetrate; piercing.
acute; keen.

Nearby words

  1. penetrate,
  2. penetrating,
  3. penetrating wound,
  4. penetration,
  5. penetration aid,
  6. penetrometer,
  7. peneus,
  8. penfield,
  9. peng dehuai,
  10. penghu

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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