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extensive

[ik-sten-siv] /ɪkˈstɛn sɪv/
adjective
1.
of great extent; wide; broad:
an extensive area.
2.
covering or extending over a great area:
extensive travels.
3.
far-reaching; comprehensive; thorough:
extensive knowledge.
4.
lengthy:
an extensive journey.
5.
great in amount, number, or degree:
an extensive fortune; extensive political influence.
6.
of or having extension:
Space is extensive, time durational.
7.
noting or pertaining to a system of agriculture involving the use or cultivation of large areas of land with a minimum of labor and expense (opposed to intensive).
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English < Late Latin extēnsīvus, equivalent to Latin extēns(us) (past participle of extendere to extend) + -īvus -ive
Related forms
extensively, adverb
extensiveness, extensivity
[ek-sten-siv-i-tee, ik-] /ˌɛk stɛnˈsɪv ɪ ti, ɪk-/ (Show IPA),
noun
nonextensive, adjective
nonextensively, adverb
nonextensiveness, noun
preextensive, adjective
preextensively, adverb
Synonyms
1. extended, large, spacious, ample, vast.
Antonyms
1, 3. limited, narrow, confined. 3. parochial.
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British Dictionary definitions for pre-extensive

extensive

/ɪkˈstɛnsɪv/
adjective
1.
having a large extent, area, scope, degree, etc; vast: extensive deserts, an extensive inheritance
2.
widespread: extensive coverage in the press
3.
(agriculture) involving or farmed with minimum expenditure of capital or labour, esp depending on a large area of land Compare intensive (sense 3)
4.
(physics) of or relating to a property, measurement, etc, of a macroscopic system that is proportional to the size of the system: heat is an extensive property Compare intensive (sense 7)
5.
(logic)
  1. of or relating to logical extension
  2. (of a definition) in terms of the objects to which the term applies rather than its meaning
Derived Forms
extensively, adverb
extensiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for pre-extensive

extensive

adj.

"vast, far-reaching;" c.1600 of immaterial, c.1700 of material things; from Late Latin extensivus, from extens-, past participle stem of Latin extendere (see extend). Earlier in a medical sense, "characterized by swelling" (early 15c.). Related: Extensively; extensiveness.

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