[pur-vee-uh s]


admitting of passage or entrance; permeable: pervious soil.
open or accessible to reason, feeling, argument, etc.

Nearby words

  1. perversive,
  2. pervert,
  3. perverted,
  4. pervicacious,
  5. pervicaciously,
  6. pervouralsk,
  7. perón,
  8. perón, eva,
  9. perón, eva duarte de,
  10. perón, juan

Origin of pervious

1605–15; < Latin pervius passable, equivalent to per- per- + vi(a) way, road + -us adj. suffix; see -ous

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for pervious



able to be penetrated; permeable
receptive to new ideas; open-minded
Derived Formsperviously, adverbperviousness, noun

Word Origin for pervious

C17: from Latin pervius, from per- (through) + via a way

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Word Origin and History for pervious



"penetrable, accessible, permeable," 1610s, from Latin pervius "that may be passed through" (see impervious).

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Medicine definitions for pervious




Open to passage or entrance; permeable.

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