[syn: penetrative, penetrating]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Penetrative \Pen"e*tra*tive\, a. [Cf. F. p['e]n['e]tratif.]
1. Tending to penetrate; of a penetrating quality; piercing;
as, the penetrative sun.
His look became keen and penetrative. --Hawthorne.
2. Having the power to affect or impress the mind or heart;
impressive; as, penetrative shame. --Shak.
3. Acute; discerning; sagacious; as, penetrative wisdom. "The
penetrative eye." --Wordsworth.
Led on by skill of penetrative soul. --Grainger.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: 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" [syn: acute, discriminating,
incisive, keen, knifelike, penetrating,
penetrative, piercing, sharp]
2: 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" [syn: