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pervious

[ pur-vee-uhs ]

adjective

  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.



pervious

/ ˈpɜːvɪəs /

adjective

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


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Derived Forms

  • ˈperviously, adverb
  • ˈperviousness, noun
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Other Words From

  • 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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Word History and Origins

Origin of pervious1

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

Origin of pervious1

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

The goal is to transform at least 20 percent of the land into permeable surfaces—including parks, rain gardens, green roofs, and pervious pavement—so that neighborhoods can absorb heavy rains.

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