[ per-vey-siv ]
/ pərˈveɪ sɪv /
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spread throughout: The corruption is so pervasive that it is accepted as the way to do business.
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OTHER WORDS FROM pervasive
per·va·sive·ly, adverbper·va·sive·ness, nounin·ter·per·va·sive, adjectivein·ter·per·va·sive·ly, adverb
non·per·va·sive, adjectivenon·per·va·sive·ly, adverbun·per·va·sive, adjectiveun·per·va·sive·ly, adverb
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How to use pervasive in a sentence
It revealed in 2006 that the Ivy League school benefited from that trade, which had been pervasive in Rhode Island.Johns Hopkins, benefactor of namesake hospital and university, was an enslaver|Nick Anderson, Lauren Lumpkin, Susan Svrluga|December 9, 2020|Washington Post
“I think fraud is more pervasive than at any time I’ve been in the market, certainly,” Anderson told Bernard.Why betting against Tesla was the ‘widow-maker trade of 2020’|Aaron Pressman|December 9, 2020|Fortune
There is a pervasive unidirectionality, an arrow of time, about the way things happen in the universe.Time Flows Toward Order - Issue 93: Forerunners|Julian Barbour|December 2, 2020|Nautilus
The effect is so pervasive that it may be best considered a feature of memory, not a bug.Cramming may help for next-day exams. But for long-term memory, spacing out study is what works.|Sanjay Sarma, Luke Yoquinto|November 30, 2020|Washington Post
Even small accomplishments — such as making phone calls for an hour on behalf of a political candidate — can reduce your sense of pervasive helplessness.How to keep your sadness from turning into depression|Jelena Kecmanovic|November 29, 2020|Washington Post
British Dictionary definitions for pervasive
/ (pɜːˈveɪsɪv) /
pervading or tending to pervade
Derived forms of pervasivepervasively, adverbpervasiveness, noun
Word Origin for pervasive
C18: from Latin pervāsus, past participle of pervādere to pervade
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