[ ik-sten-siv ]
/ ɪkˈstɛn sɪv /
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).
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Origin of extensive
OTHER WORDS FROM extensive
ex·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, adverb
non·ex·ten·sive·ness, nounpre·ex·ten·sive, adjectivepre·ex·ten·sive·ly, adverb
Words nearby extensive
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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)
- of or relating to logical extension
- (of a definition) in terms of the objects to which the term applies rather than its meaning
Derived forms of extensiveextensively, adverbextensiveness, noun
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