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.

3. Acute; discerning; sagacious; as, penetrative wisdom. "The penetrative eye." "Led on by skill of penetrative soul." (Grainger)

Origin: Cf. F. Penetratif.

(01 Mar 1998)

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