Definitions of penetrating
  1. adjective
    tending to penetrate; having the power of entering or piercing
    “a cold penetrating wind”
    “a penetrating odor”
    synonyms: penetrative
    having or made by a thin edge or sharp point; suitable for cutting or piercing
  2. adjective
    having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions
    penetrating insight”
    synonyms: acute, discriminating, incisive, keen, knifelike, penetrative, piercing, sharp
    having the ability to perceive or understand; keen in discernment
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