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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
Related formsper·vi·ous·ness, nounsem·i·per·vi·ous, adjectivesem·i·per·vi·ous·ness, nounun·per·vi·ous, adjectiveun·per·vi·ous·ly, adverbun·per·vi·ous·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for pervious

approachable, open, penetrable, permeable, porous

British Dictionary definitions for pervious


  1. able to be penetrated; permeable
  2. 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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pervious in Medicine


  1. Open to passage or entrance; permeable.
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