adjective \pər-ˈvā-siv, -ziv\

: existing in every part of something : spreading to all parts of something

Full Definition of PERVASIVE

:  existing in or spreading through every part of something <a pervasive odor>
per·va·sive·ly adverb
per·va·sive·ness noun

Examples of PERVASIVE

  1. the pervasive nature of the problem
  2. television's pervasive influence on our culture
  3. A resuscitated orthodoxy, so pervasive as to be nearly invisible, rules the land. —Mark Slouka, Harper's, November 2004


(see pervade)
First Known Use: circa 1750


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