Definition of pervasive in English:

pervasive

Syllabification: per·va·sive
Pronunciation: /pərˈvāsiv
 
/

adjective

(Especially of an unwelcome influence or physical effect) spreading widely throughout an area or a group of people: ageism is pervasive and entrenched in our society
More example sentences
  • He exercised a pervasive influence on European drama by challenging the conventions of naturalism.
  • Nevertheless, their influence is pervasive within the history of science.
  • They include globalisation, the spread of the Internet and the pervasive power of money.
Synonyms
prevalent, pervading, permeating, extensive, ubiquitous, omnipresent, universal, rife, widespread, general

Origin

mid 18th century: from Latin pervas- 'passed through' (from the verb pervadere) + -ive.

Derivatives

pervasively

adverb
More example sentences
  • And such a label, most of the time politically motivated, tends to be one that sticks permanently and is pervasively influential and powerfully contaminating.
  • However, it's been used so pervasively by public figures and media pundits that I'm not sure anyone has a clear claim to this anymore.
  • Universities are deploying Linux - pervasively and aggressively.

pervasiveness

noun
More example sentences
  • What better way to hit home the pervasiveness of these attitudes than in an icon of American popular culture?
  • This sentiment - that there is somehow an ‘inappropriate’ time for analysis - is dangerous in its pervasiveness.
  • There needs to be a kind of sense of urgency in our society about the pervasiveness of violence

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