extending far in influence, effect, etc.: the far-reaching effect of his speech.

Origin of far-reaching

First recorded in 1815–25
Related formsfar-reach·ing·ly, adverbfar-reach·ing·ness, noun
Can be confusedfar-fetched far-flung far-reaching
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Related Words for far-reaching

pervasive, important, significant, sweeping, extensive, momentous, wide

Examples from the Web for far-reaching

Contemporary Examples of far-reaching

Historical Examples of far-reaching

  • Meantime, Tom was proceeding in a clear, soft, far-reaching voice.

  • It had been the little spark that touched off a far-reaching train of events.

    Slaves of Mercury

    Nat Schachner

  • The far-reaching plains to the west offered him too wide a focus.

    The Law-Breakers

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • There had been a scandal, so far-reaching a scandal that it had got into the home papers.

    Jan and Her Job

    L. Allen Harker

  • He was an enthusiast, and his portfolio was full of schemes of far-reaching magnitude.

    A Zola Dictionary

    J. G. Patterson

British Dictionary definitions for far-reaching



extensive in influence, effect, or range
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Word Origin and History for far-reaching

1824, from far + present participle of reach (v.).

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