[ ik-sten-siv ]
/ ɪkˈstɛn sɪv /


Nearby words

  1. extension rule,
  2. extension tube,
  3. extensional,
  4. extensionality,
  5. extensity,
  6. extensively,
  7. extensometer,
  8. extensor,
  9. extensor muscle of fingers,
  10. extensor muscle of index finger

Origin of extensive

1375–1425; late Middle English < Late Latin extēnsīvus, equivalent to Latin extēns(us) (past participle of extendere to extend) + -īvus -ive

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British Dictionary definitions for extensivity


/ (ɪkˈstɛnsɪv) /


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)
  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 Formsextensively, adverbextensiveness, noun

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Word Origin and History for extensivity



"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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