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EXTENSIVE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does extensive mean? 

EXTENSIVE (adjective)
  The adjective EXTENSIVE has 3 senses:

1. large in spatial extent or range or scope or quantity
2. broad in scope or content
3. of agriculture; increasing productivity by using large areas with minimal outlay and labor

  Familiarity information: EXTENSIVE used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


EXTENSIVE (adjective)


Sense 1extensive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Large in spatial extent or range or scope or quantity

Synonyms:

extensive; extended

Context examples:

an extensive Roman settlement in northwest England / extended farm lands / surgeons with extended experience / they suffered extensive damage

Similar:

big; large (above average in size or number or quantity or magnitude or extent)


Sense 2extensive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Broad in scope or content

Synonyms:

across-the-board; encompassing; blanket; all-inclusive; all-encompassing; all-embracing; broad; extensive; panoptic; wide

Context examples:

across-the-board pay increases / an all-embracing definition / blanket sanctions against human-rights violators / an invention with broad applications / a panoptic study of Soviet nationality / granted him wide powers

Similar:

comprehensive (including all or everything)


Sense 3extensive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of agriculture; increasing productivity by using large areas with minimal outlay and labor

Context examples:

producing wheat under extensive conditions / agriculture of the extensive type

Antonym:

intensive (of agriculture; intended to increase productivity of a fixed area by expending more capital and labor)


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