- 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 extensiveness
For example, a large interior flooded with light from concealed sources has the airiness and extensiveness of outdoors.
Thus lighting is productive of moods and illusions ranging from the mystery of crowding darkness to the extensiveness of outdoors.
We have nothing like the French stage in the suddenness and extensiveness of the popularity it gives men.
On the contrary, it is eight miles in length, and has to me a character of greatness and extensiveness about it.
The extensiveness of this domestic establishment frightened her a little at first.The Real Adventure
Henry Kitchell Webster
- 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 extensiveness
"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.