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

Related formsper·va·sive·ly, adverbper·va·sive·ness, nounin·ter·per·va·sive, adjectivein·ter·per·va·sive·ly, adverbin·ter·per·va·sive·ness, nounnon·per·va·sive, adjectivenon·per·va·sive·ly, adverbnon·per·va·sive·ness, nounun·per·va·sive, adjectiveun·per·va·sive·ly, adverbun·per·va·sive·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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

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

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