- of great extent; wide; broad: an extensive area.
- covering or extending over a great area: extensive travels.
- far-reaching; comprehensive; thorough: extensive knowledge.
- lengthy: an extensive journey.
- great in amount, number, or degree: an extensive fortune; extensive political influence.
- of or having extension: Space is extensive, time durational.
- 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 of extensive
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Examples from the Web for extensive
The building had to be rebuilt in 1963 after extensive damage from the Second World War was finally deemed irreparable.Inside The World’s 10 Oldest Restaurants
December 20, 2014
“Getting a first shot is one thing,” said a former Air Force fighter pilot with extensive experience with Russian weapons.Pentagon Worries That Russia Can Now Outshoot U.S. Stealth Jets
December 4, 2014
If a Queen did cheat, her crimes fade into insignificance compared to the extensive philandering engaged in by medieval monarchs.The Sex Life of King Richard III's Randy Great Great Great Grandfather
December 4, 2014
The website Bishop Accountability keeps some of the most extensive records on allegations of priestly abuse available.How Sicko Priests Got Away With It
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November 16, 2014
Under Indiana law, abortion providers must fill out an extensive Terminated Pregnancy Report (TPR).Indiana’s Crazy Administrative Abortion Demands Have Doctors Racking Up the Violations
September 18, 2014
Was it found necessary to civilize a wild and extensive province?
From it, the view westward was not so extensive as I expected.
Their noon meal is long since over; and their larder is not—is not—extensive.The Gentleman From Indiana
It was not the most extensive of these gardens which the more deeply impressed his heart.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
This establishment was immediately enlarged to do an extensive business.Cleveland Past and Present
- having a large extent, area, scope, degree, etc; vastextensive deserts; an extensive inheritance
- widespreadextensive coverage in the press
- agriculture involving or farmed with minimum expenditure of capital or labour, esp depending on a large area of landCompare intensive (def. 3)
- physics of or relating to a property, measurement, etc, of a macroscopic system that is proportional to the size of the systemheat is an extensive property Compare intensive (def. 7)
- of or relating to logical extension
- (of a definition) in terms of the objects to which the term applies rather than its meaning
Word Origin and History for extensive
"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.