all-per·​va·​sive ˈȯl-pər-ˈvā-siv How to pronounce all-pervasive (audio)
: spread throughout and affecting all parts of something
Still, he believes fear of lawsuits is all-pervasive in medicine and drives up health care costs.Ridgely Ochs
all-pervasiveness noun

Examples of all-pervasive in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1808, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of all-pervasive was in 1808

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“All-pervasive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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