covering or extending over a great area: extensive travels.
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).
- ex·ten·sive·ly, adverb
- ex·ten·sive·ness, ex·ten·siv·i·ty [ek-sten-siv-i-tee, ik-], /ˌɛk stɛnˈsɪv ɪ ti, ɪk-/, noun
- non·ex·ten·sive, adjective
- non·ex·ten·sive·ness, noun
- pre·ex·ten·sive, adjective
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How to use extensive in a sentence
Doctors provide a useful example here thanks to extensive data on doctor-patient interactions and research into racial inequalities in patient care.Why some senior officers are making it harder for police departments to fight racism | matthewheimer | August 26, 2020 | Fortune
Two prominent academics offered extensive research they say proves the effort “illusory”—and a bad idea, even if it weren’t.
Belarus is not a country with extensive well-developed ties to other countries outside its neighborhood.
SDG&E employees have participated in “extensive” drills for conducting wildfire management and shutoff procedures completely virtually, Winn said.
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The building had to be rebuilt in 1963 after extensive damage from the Second World War was finally deemed irreparable.
“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 | Dave Majumdar | December 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Tom Sykes | December 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It also has allowed much more extensive, although not entirely satisfactory, UN inspections.
The website Bishop Accountability keeps some of the most extensive records on allegations of priestly abuse available.
He was a patriot of the noblest and most extensive views, and justly celebrated as a man of learning, eloquent and refined.
We had half a dozen passengers to Ferrara; for the rest of the way, I had this extensive traveling establishment to myself.Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
It also occurs in diseases with extensive and rapid destruction of red blood-corpuscles.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
Richard Chiswell, a noted English printer and an extensive publisher, died.
This library is considered the most valuable and extensive in American history and antiquities, ever collected.
British Dictionary definitions for extensive
having a large extent, area, scope, degree, etc; vast: extensive deserts; an extensive inheritance
widespread: extensive coverage in the press
agriculture involving or farmed with minimum expenditure of capital or labour, esp depending on a large area of land: Compare intensive (def. 3)
physics of or relating to a property, measurement, etc, of a macroscopic system that is proportional to the size of the system: heat 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
- extensively, adverb
- extensiveness, noun
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