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English adjective: extensive

1. extensive large in spatial extent or range or scope or quantity

SamplesAn extensive Roman settlement in northwest England.
Extended farm lands.
Surgeons with extended experience.
They suffered extensive damage.


Similarbig, large

Antonymslittle, small

2. extensive broad in scope or content

SamplesAcross-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.

Synonymsacross-the-board, all-embracing, all-encompassing, all-inclusive, blanket, broad, encompassing, panoptic, wide


Antonymsincomprehensive, noncomprehensive

3. extensive of agriculture; increasing productivity by using large areas with minimal outlay and labor

SamplesProducing wheat under extensive conditions.
Agriculture of the extensive type.


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