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  1. of great extent; wide; broad: an extensive area.
  2. covering or extending over a great area: extensive travels.
  3. far-reaching; comprehensive; thorough: extensive knowledge.
  4. lengthy: an extensive journey.
  5. great in amount, number, or degree: an extensive fortune; extensive political influence.
  6. of or having extension: Space is extensive, time durational.
  7. 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).
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Origin of extensive

1375–1425; late Middle English < Late Latin extēnsīvus, equivalent to Latin extēns(us) (past participle of extendere to extend) + -īvus -ive
Related formsex·ten·sive·ly, adverbex·ten·sive·ness, ex·ten·siv·i·ty [ek-sten-siv-i-tee, ik-] /ˌɛk stɛnˈsɪv ɪ ti, ɪk-/, nounnon·ex·ten·sive, adjectivenon·ex·ten·sive·ly, adverbnon·ex·ten·sive·ness, nounpre·ex·ten·sive, adjectivepre·ex·ten·sive·ly, adverb

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Related Words for extensiveness

period, breadth, term, mileage, span, diameter, stretch, section, space, portion, height, width, range, magnitude, limit, duration, radius, piece, segment, dimension

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Historical Examples of extensiveness

  • For example, a large interior flooded with light from concealed sources has the airiness and extensiveness of outdoors.

    Artificial Light

    M. Luckiesh

  • Thus lighting is productive of moods and illusions ranging from the mystery of crowding darkness to the extensiveness of outdoors.

    Artificial Light

    M. Luckiesh

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for extensiveness


  1. having a large extent, area, scope, degree, etc; vastextensive deserts; an extensive inheritance
  2. widespreadextensive coverage in the press
  3. agriculture involving or farmed with minimum expenditure of capital or labour, esp depending on a large area of landCompare intensive (def. 3)
  4. 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)
  5. 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
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Derived Formsextensively, adverbextensiveness, noun
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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.

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