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penetrative

adjective uk   /ˈpen.ɪ.trə.tɪv/ us    /-treɪ.t̬ɪv/

penetrative adjective (MOVEMENT INTO)

involving movement into or through something or someone: a penetrative thrust/attack penetrative sex

penetrative adjective (UNDERSTANDING)

showing understanding: a penetrative remark
Translations of “penetrative”
in Chinese (Traditional) 穿透, 進入的, 穿透的…
in Chinese (Simplified) 穿透, 进入的, 穿透的…
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