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[per-vey-siv] /pərˈveɪ sɪv/
spread throughout:
The corruption is so pervasive that it is accepted as the way to do business.
Related forms
pervasively, adverb
pervasiveness, noun
interpervasive, adjective
interpervasively, adverb
interpervasiveness, noun
nonpervasive, adjective
nonpervasively, adverb
nonpervasiveness, noun
unpervasive, adjective
unpervasively, adverb
unpervasiveness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for pervasive
  • The former is rare, the latter is pervasive.
  • So the concept of brand loyalty is very pervasive out there.
  • Residents unused to apartment living feel dwarfed and entombed by the sterile and pervasive glass and concrete.
  • Such is the pervasive and continuing impact of tales told at firesides 200 years ago.
  • Agriculture is one of the oldest and most pervasive human impacts on the planet.
  • In Detroit especially, the fear of urban renewal was pervasive.
  • Distrust and disillusionment with public action are pervasive; apathy and fatalism are common.
  • There is a pervasive modern prejudice against government in favor of business.
  • We need a better scientific understanding of these pervasive systems failures.
  • There is a pervasive feeling of impotence, a collective belief that fighting back is futile.
British Dictionary definitions for pervasive


pervading or tending to pervade
Derived Forms
pervasively, adverb
pervasiveness, noun
Word Origin
C18: from Latin pervāsus, past participle of pervādere to pervade
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Word Origin and History for pervasive

1750, from Latin pervas-, past participle stem of pervadere (see pervade) + -ive.

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