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