pervasive

[ per-vey-siv ]
/ pərˈveɪ sɪv /

adjective

spread throughout: The corruption is so pervasive that it is accepted as the way to do business.
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pervasive

/ (pɜːˈveɪsɪv) /

adjective

pervading or tending to pervade
Derived Formspervasively, adverbpervasiveness, noun

Word Origin for pervasive

C18: from Latin pervāsus, past participle of pervādere to pervade
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Word Origin and History for pervasive

pervasive


adj.

1750, from Latin pervas-, past participle stem of pervadere (see pervade) + -ive.

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