Definition of extensive in English:

extensive

Line breaks: ex¦ten|sive
Pronunciation: /ɪkˈstɛnsɪv
 
, ɛk-/

adjective

  • 2(Of agriculture) obtaining a relatively small crop from a large area with a minimum of capital and labour: extensive farming techniques Often contrasted with intensive ( sense 1 of the adjective).
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    • Secondly, at the time of the Mayans there was no extensive agriculture in Venezuela.
    • Viticulture is most extensive in the Rhine and Mosel valleys in west Germany and is an important export industry.
    • The REPS scheme should be ideally suited to the more extensive type of farming in island areas.

Derivatives

extensively

adverb
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  • Fifteen councils have used this method and it has been used extensively in the private sector.
  • This morning the archive has been extensively edited, leaving only two posts visible on the front page.
  • We compost extensively, with everything which can be composted ending up in one of our 5 bins.

extensiveness

noun
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  • Presently, the best views of the extensiveness of Gold Coast canals are seen from the air.
  • Perhaps the lack of social integration is related to the extensiveness of many students’ work schedules.
  • Using a single-head machine to stitch out my creations, I was able to see firsthand the extensiveness of the software's capabilities.

Origin

late Middle English: from French extensif, -ive or late Latin extensivus, from extens- 'stretched out', from the verb extendere (see extend).

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