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[pen-i-truh-buh l] /ˈpɛn ɪ trə bəl/

capable of being .

early 15c., “penetrating,” from Latin penetrabilis “penetrable, vulnerable,” from penetrare (see penetrate). Meaning “capable of being penetrated” is attested from 1530s; figurative use by 1590s. Related: Penetrability.


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