[ pur-vee-uhs ]
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  1. admitting of passage or entrance; permeable: pervious soil.

  2. open or accessible to reason, feeling, argument, etc.: Unfortunately, she was pervious to whatever rationale had been most recently presented.

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Origin of pervious

First recorded in 1625–30; from Latin pervius “passable,” equivalent to per- “through” + vi(a) “way, road” + -us adjective suffix; see origin at per-, -ous

Other words from pervious

  • per·vi·ous·ness, noun
  • sem·i·per·vi·ous, adjective
  • sem·i·per·vi·ous·ness, noun
  • un·per·vi·ous, adjective
  • un·per·vi·ous·ly, adverb
  • un·per·vi·ous·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for pervious


/ (ˈpɜːvɪəs) /

  1. able to be penetrated; permeable

  2. receptive to new ideas; open-minded

Origin of pervious

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

Derived forms of pervious

  • perviously, adverb
  • perviousness, noun

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