Pervasive meaning

pər-vāsĭv, -zĭv
The definition of pervasive is something that has a tendency to spread.

An example of pervasive is the Internet's spread throughout the world.

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Manifested throughout; pervading, permeating, penetrating or affecting everything.

The medication had a pervasive effect on the patient's health.

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Having the quality or tendency to pervade or permeate.

The pervasive odor of garlic.

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Tending to pervade or spread throughout.
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Origin of pervasive

  • From Latin pervāsus past participle of pervādere to pervade pervade

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin pervāsus, from pervādō (“spread through, pervade"), from per (“through") + vādō (“go, walk").

    From Wiktionary