Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Open to passage or entrance; permeable.
  • adj. Open to arguments, ideas, or change; approachable.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Admitting passage; capable of being penetrated by another body or substance; permeable.
  • adj. Accepting of new ideas.
  • adj. Capable of being penetrated, or seen through, by physical or mental vision.
  • adj. Capable of penetrating or pervading.
  • adj. open; perforate, as applied to the nostrils of birds

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Admitting passage; capable of being penetrated by another body or substance; permeable.
  • adj. Capable of being penetrated, or seen through, by physical or mental vision.
  • adj. Capable of penetrating or pervading.
  • adj. Open; -- used synonymously with perforate, as applied to the nostrils or birds.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Capable of being penetrated or permeated by something else: affording entrance, admission, or passage; penetrable; permeable.
  • Pervading; permeating.
  • Open; patent; patulous; perforate: applied in anatomy and zo├Âlogy to organs which may be impervious at some time, or under some circumstances.
  • In botany, possessing an opening or passageway.

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

  • adj. admitting of passage or entrance

Etymologies

From Latin pervius : per-, through; see per- + via, way; see wegh- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin pervis. (Wiktionary)

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  • Not in this age of Internet, anyway.

    December 18, 2008

  • That makes logical sense except that nothing is totally innocent.

    December 17, 2008

  • Does impervious thus mean totally innocent?

    December 17, 2008

  • Having a pervy quality.

    December 17, 2008

  • The windows of my room faced the lattice of a lady living opposite: but the street was narrow, and her blinds pervious to the eye.

    - Lesage, The Adventures of Gil Blas of Santillane, tr. Smollett, bk 9 ch. 6

    October 8, 2008