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extensive

[ ik-sten-siv ]
/ ɪkˈstɛn sɪv /
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adjective
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Origin of extensive

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English, from Late Latin extēnsīvus, equivalent to Latin extēns(us) (past participle of extendere “to stretch out”) + -īvus adjective suffix; see extend, -ive

OTHER WORDS FROM extensive

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How to use extensive in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for extensive

extensive
/ (ɪkˈstɛnsɪv) /

adjective
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)
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 of extensive

extensively, adverbextensiveness, noun
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