pervasive

When something is pervasive, it's everywhere. Common things are pervasive — like greed and cheap perfume.

Ever notice how certain trends seem to spread all over the place? When something — like a hairstyle — is super-common, it's pervasive. Pervasive things can't be escaped. Playing video games is pervasive among kids. Talking about the weather is pervasive among adults. Ideas, diseases, habits, and all sorts of things can be pervasive. If you're sick of seeing something because you're seeing it again and again, it must be pervasive.

Definitions of pervasive
  1. adjective
    spreading or spread throughout
    “the pervasive odor of garlic”
    “an error is pervasive if it is material to more than one conclusion”
    synonyms: permeant, permeating, permeative
    distributive
    serving to distribute or allot or disperse
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