Definition of pervasive in US English:



  • (especially of an unwelcome influence or physical effect) spreading widely throughout an area or a group of people.

    ‘ageism is pervasive and entrenched in our society’
    • ‘Knowledge networks have become pervasive because they can be simple to implement.’
    • ‘He exercised a pervasive influence on European drama by challenging the conventions of naturalism.’
    • ‘But it's the pervasive humour that wins through, thanks to a nicely crafted script.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, their influence is pervasive within the history of science.’
    • ‘It has become so pervasive that it influences how people write for the Web.’
    • ‘It is crucial for governments and corporations to face the fact that this feeling is quite pervasive.’
    • ‘Modern day society is replete with situations that make chronic stress highly pervasive.’
    • ‘The joys of return and reunion with the homeland thus intermingle with a pervasive and insurmountable feeling of loss.’
    • ‘They include globalisation, the spread of the Internet and the pervasive power of money.’
    • ‘Yet at the end of this period, as at the beginning, the influence of lordship in society was pervasive.’
    • ‘Are they preparing for class or are they simply unknowing subscribers of this pervasive myth?’
    • ‘In this way they are constant and pervasive, endemic to the human condition.’
    • ‘In contrast, peace is a fundamental aspect of the faith and is a very pervasive element in Islam.’
    • ‘This phenomenon is not just limited to a few companies, but is widespread and pervasive.’
    • ‘Crime is now more organised, more professional, more ruthless and more pervasive.’
    • ‘The code of gentility was far more pervasive and important than the influence of the group of self-styled gentry.’
    • ‘Kinship is one of the more important, pervasive and complex systems of culture.’
    • ‘The answer depends on how broad and pervasive you like your conspiracies to be.’
    • ‘Cultures influence and pressure one another all the time, in pervasive and subtle ways.’
    • ‘One of the things that concerns me about the tone of the site is the kind of pervasive pessimism it contains.’
    prevalent, penetrating, pervading, permeating, extensive, ubiquitous, omnipresent, present everywhere, rife, widespread, general, common, universal, pandemic, epidemic, endemic, inescapable, insidious
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Mid 18th century: from Latin pervas- ‘passed through’ (from the verb pervadere) + -ive.