Definition of pervasive adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//pəˈveɪsɪv//
; NAmE NAmE//pərˈveɪsɪv//
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existing in all parts of a place or thing; spreading gradually to affect all parts of a place or thing a pervasive smell of damp Her influence is all-pervasive (= it affects everyone and everything). A sense of social change is pervasive in her novels. the increasingly pervasive subculture in modern society Word Originmid 18th cent.: from Latin pervas- ‘passed through’ (from the verb pervadere) + -ive.
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