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Saturday, December 09, 2017

Definitions for pervious

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

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Citations for pervious
But all things are pervious to love, even fire, water, and Scythian snows. Longus, Daphnis and Chloe, translated by George Thornley, 1916
But the man was one who was pervious to ideas of duty, and might be probably pervious to feelings of family respect. Anthony Trollope, The Vicar of Bullhampton, 1870
Origin of pervious
The adjective pervious is far less common than its opposite, impervious. Both adjectives come from the Latin root noun via “road, street, highway.” Latin via derives from the very common Proto-Indo-European root wegh- “to go, travel by vehicle,” source of Latin vehere “to carry, convey” and its derivative noun vehiculum “carriage, conveyance, vehicle,” as well as Germanic (English) “wagon, wain, way.” Pervious entered English in the 17th century.