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1. Tending to penetrate; penetrant.
2. Displaying keen insight; acute.
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(ˈpɛn ɪˌtreɪ tɪv)

1. tending to penetrate; piercing.
2. acute; keen.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Medieval Latin penetrātīvus. See penetrate, -ive]
pen′e•tra`tive•ly, adv.
pen′e•tra`tive•ness, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.penetrative - having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctionspenetrative - having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions; "an acute observer of politics and politicians"; "incisive comments"; "icy knifelike reasoning"; "as sharp and incisive as the stroke of a fang"; "penetrating insight"; "frequent penetrative observations"
perceptive - having the ability to perceive or understand; keen in discernment; "a perceptive eye"; "a perceptive observation"
2.penetrative - tending to penetrate; having the power of entering or piercing; "a toxic penetrative spray applied to the surface"; "a cold penetrating wind"; "a penetrating odor"
sharp - having or made by a thin edge or sharp point; suitable for cutting or piercing; "a sharp knife"; "a pencil with a sharp point"
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A. ADJpenetrante
B. CPD penetrative sex Nrelaciones fpl sexuales con penetración
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penetrative sexpenetrativer Sex
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"If, then, the penetrative power of telescopes has not been further increased, it is because that power detracts from their light; and the moon, which is but a reflecting mirror, does not give back sufficient light to enable us to perceive objects of lesser magnitude."
Very soon, however, his look became keen and penetrative. A writhing horror twisted itself across his features, like a snake gliding swiftly over them, and making one little pause, with all its wreathed intervolutions in open sight.
Her penetrative virginity exalted and disguised his own emotions, elevating his thoughts to a star-cool chastity, and he would have been startled to learn that there was that shining out of his eyes, like warm waves, that flowed through her and kindled a kindred warmth.
They included 366 classified as the most serious class A, typically involving penetrative sexual activity and sexual activities with animals or sadism.
The boy, faces three specimen charges of penetrative sexual assault involving oral sex, inciting her to engage in sexual activity and sexual touching.
The panel arrays were mounted on Big Foot non- penetrative frames with integral ballast for flat-roof installation, with framemounted inverters.
In his new book, Crime, Nick said: "Half of all women who have had penetrative sex unwillingly do not think they were raped and this proportion rises strongly when the assault involves a boyfriend or if the woman is drunk or high on drugs: they led him on, they went too far, it wasn't forcible, they didn't make themselves clear..."
And while the change of ends gave Street the opportunity to kick deep they couldn't produce much in the way of penetrative play - Leech and Matt Beesley both passing up good chances to add to the home account but Leech making amends when he did the spadework for replacement Andy Rollings to log his first try in five years.
Sheffield Crown Court heard that despite the defendant admitting touching the girl sexually, there was no penetrative sex between them and Pooley, of Leeds, had continually dismissed the teenager's requests for him to "take her virginity".
Twisted John Frederick Jones, pictured, formerly of Redland Avenue, in Fawdon, Newcastle, admitted a total of 13 offences, including two indecent assaults, two offences of indecency with a child, five offences of penetrative activity with a child and four offences of sexual activity with a child.
Monfils loves to wear his opponents down from the back of the court but he will need to dig deep against Ferrer, who combines a penetrative forehand with a willingness to perform endless shuttles along the baseline.
The punishment for " aggravated sexual assault" is imprisonment of up to seven years with a fine, while penalty for " penetrative sexual assault" is at least five years in jail and a minimum penalty of ` 50,000.