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pervasive Line breaks: per|va¦sive
Pronunciation: /pəˈveɪsɪv/

Definition of pervasive in English:


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


Pronunciation: /pəˈveɪsɪvli/
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.


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

Words that rhyme with pervasive

abrasive, evasive, invasive, persuasive
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