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From late Middle English, borrowed from Late Latin extensīvus, from Latin extensus.

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extensive (comparative more extensive, superlative most extensive)

  1. Serving to extend or lengthen.
    • Sir Thomas Browne
      For station is properly no rest, but one kind of motion, relating unto that which physicians (from Galen) do name extensive or tonical; that is, an extension of the muscles and organs of motion, maintaining the body at length, or in its proper figure.
  2. Widespread; covering an extent.
    I have done extensive research on the subject.
  3. (physics) Having a combined system entropy that equals the sum of the entropies of the independent systems.
    • 2000, Roman Teisseyre & ‎Eugeniusz Majewski, Earthquake Thermodynamics and Phase Transformation in the Earth's Interior, ISBN 0080530656:
      According to Tsallis (1988), the entropy was extensive for T = 1, superextensive for t < 1 and subextensive for t > 1.

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FrenchEdit

AdjectiveEdit

extensive

  1. feminine singular of extensif

LatinEdit

AdjectiveEdit

extensīve

  1. vocative masculine singular of extensīvus