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  1. spread throughout: The corruption is so pervasive that it is accepted as the way to do business.
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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
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ubiquitous, prevalent, universal, inescapable, rife, omnipresent, common, general, widespread, wall-to-wall

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  1. pervading or tending to pervade
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Derived Formspervasively, adverbpervasiveness, noun

Word Origin

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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