Pen"e*tra*tive (?), a. [Cf. F. p'en'etratif.]

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.

 

© Webster 1913.

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