Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state or quality of being present in all parts of a particular thing or place.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The character of being pervasive.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the quality of filling or spreading throughout

Etymologies

pervasive + -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Stories and their pervasiveness is the kind of stuff which keeps changing pending the immediacy of transitory needs the mind is quick to invent to keep the story interesting and in control of you.

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  • A testament to the "Series of Tubes" meme's pervasiveness is its inclusion in an AT&T FastAccess business DSL tech support manual.

    "Series Of Tubes," Mario Reference, Found In ATT Manual - The Consumerist

  • I know that this politics as religion isn’t anything new, Jonah Goldberg’s Liberal Fascism gives clear examples dating back at least to the 1930s, but I feel that some confluence of the internet, current events, and President Bush really spread the faith among the left (and I’m sure there are politically religious conservatives as well, but where I see the pervasiveness is the left).

    Happy New Year! « Tai-Chi Policy

  • It’s not much different from ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition), the difference (currently) is only in pervasiveness, but the invasive factor is a constant.

    Personal Location Systems « POLICE INSPECTOR BLOG

  • Leaving aside Levine’s unintentionally amusing academic dutifulness —” I have been able to view this episode of the Match Game, along with many others, in syndicated repeats on the Game Show Network” — the book does map genuine cultural change and find meaning in an ephemeral medium that, despite its pervasiveness, is too often regarded as unfit for serious study.

    Cover to Cover

  • The value of a positional advantage is inversely correlated to its pervasiveness, which is directly correlated to its equity.

    Works in progress: Frank Pasquale

  • Today, the media landscape barely resembles that of the late '70s, but the so-called "pervasiveness" concept arising from Pacifica -- the idea that broadcasting is an unstoppable "intruder" in the home -- lives on.

    Leslie Harris: Unhappy Birthday Pacifica

  • However, the "pervasiveness" problem extends beyond just the fact that there is no shortage of elements in the current system to attempt to negate (and neither should we hesitate to say loudly and repeatedly that the whole thing is bullshit).

    Kasama

  • "The hazing and harassment was of the nature, severity, and pervasiveness such that a reasonable member of plaintiff's race would find them severe, shocking, and offensive," the lawsuit says.

    Harass Suit Hits Intrepid

  • A meat-free diet sounds better than ever, following the latest news about the pervasiveness of drug-resistant staphylococcus bacteria in U.S. meat and poultry.

    Mindy Pennybacker: Stop Drug-Resisant Staph From Spoiling Your Holiday Roast!

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