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Dictionary Definition

pervasive adj
1 spread throughout; "a pervasive anxiety overshadows the triumphs of individuals" [syn: pervading]
2 spreading throughout; "armed with permeative irony...he punctures affectations"; "the pervasive odor of garlic"; "an error is pervasive if it is material to more than one conclusion" [syn: permeant, permeating, permeative]

User Contributed Dictionary



From pervasus from pervado from per + vado.


  • a RP /pəˈveɪ.sɪv/, /p@"veI.sIv/
  • a US /pɚˈveɪ.sɪv/


  1. Manifested throughout; pervading, permeating, penetrating or affecting everything.
    The medication had a pervasive effect on the patient's health.

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Extensive Definition

Pervasive is something penetrating or affecting everything. It may refer to:

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