Pervious vs Impervious - What's the difference?

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Impervious is an antonym of pervious.

Pervious is an antonym of impervious.

As adjectives the difference between pervious and impervious

is that pervious is admitting passage; capable of being penetrated by another body or substance; permeable while impervious is unaffected or unable to be affected by.




(en adjective)
  • Admitting passage; capable of being penetrated by another body or substance; permeable.
  • a pervious soil
  • * Alexander Pope
  • [Doors] pervious to winds, and open every way.
  • Accepting of new ideas.
  • Capable of being penetrated, or seen through, by physical or mental vision.
  • * (Jeremy Taylor)
  • God, whose secrets are pervious to no eye.
  • (obsolete) Capable of penetrating or pervading.
  • (Prior)
  • (zoology) open; perforate, as applied to the nostrils of birds
  • Antonyms

    * impervious

    See also

    * permeable * porous


    * *




    (en adjective)
  • Unaffected or unable to be affected by.
  • *
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  • Preventive of any penetration; impenetrable, impermeable, particularly of water.
  • Immune to damage or effect.
  • Antonyms

    * pervious

    Derived terms

    * imperviously * imperviousness