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pervasive

Line breaks: per|va¦sive
Pronunciation: /pəˈveɪsɪv
 
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Definition of pervasive in English:

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, penetrating, pervading, permeating, extensive, ubiquitous, omnipresent, present everywhere, rife, widespread, general, common, universal, pandemic, epidemic, endemic, inescapable, insidious;
rare permeative, suffusive, permeant

Origin

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

Derivatives

pervasively

1
adverb
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

2
noun
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

Words that rhyme with pervasive

abrasive, evasive, invasive, persuasive

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