[ pur-vee-uh s ]
/ ˈpɜr vi əs /


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


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Origin of pervious

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

OTHER WORDS FROM pervious Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for pervious

/ (ˈpɜːvɪəs) /


able to be penetrated; permeable
receptive to new ideas; open-minded

Derived forms of pervious

perviously, adverbperviousness, noun

Word Origin for pervious

C17: from Latin pervius, from per- (through) + via a way
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Medical definitions for pervious

[ pûrvē-əs ]


Open to passage or entrance; permeable.
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