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

  • adj. Having a wide range, influence, or effect: the far-reaching implications of a major new epidemic.

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  • adj. Having a broad or widespread range, scope or influence.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. having a wide range or effect.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Tending to exert an influence and produce an effect in remote quarters or for a long time.


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  • As he notes, According to a German government report from February, the attitude of Hizballah supporters in Germany ‘is characterized by a far-reaching, unlimited acceptance of the ideology and policy of Hizballah.’

    The Secret War with Iran

  • From that single word far-reaching consequences have flowed.

    Government vs. Soup Kitchen

  • One of the most disturbing, and one with far-reaching consequences, was the decision in City of Los Angeles v.

    The Conservative Assault on the Constitution

  • The attack on Roe has had another, more far-reaching effect.

    The Conservative Assault on the Constitution

  • For its part, the Latin alphabet was adapted from the Etruscan, which came from the Greek, which had modified the Phoenician alphabet, which around three thousand years ago was an innovation of far-reaching and radical impact.

    The English Is Coming!

  • Americans understood that leaders of their government had abused the powers of office, and they saw that we had transcended partisanship to investigate those abuses and had rallied public support for dramatic and far-reaching changes to the way our intelligence agencies work.

    The Good Fight

  • Kilpatrick, a skillful writer, would later describe our bill as a “far-reaching scheme for the essential Sovietization of the American family.”

    The Good Fight

  • Sino-Soviet balance; the SALT II arms control treaty, which, though never ratified by the Senate, did slow the arms race for several years; and deregulation of major industries such as airlines and trucking, which had far-reaching results in making our economy more efficient and competitive.

    The Good Fight

  • At least three other broad changes have had similarly far-reaching consequences: 1. The role of women in both private and public life has undergone revolutionary changes, as millions of women moved into the paid labor force and toward more equal social and economic status with men.

    American Grace

  • This occurs despite warnings from conservation scientists that the pika is a keystone species? meaning its removal would have far-reaching consequences including a scarcity of food for mammals and birds that feed on it.

    Biodiversity 100: actions for Asia


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