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    "The EU enacted the directive in an effort to combat the massive sending of unsolicited commercial emails - i.e., spam."

    Is "massive" used correctly here? I get what the author is saying - sending emails to a large number of people - but I'm not sure "massive" really means that.

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    Re: Massive

    Quote Originally Posted by Allen165 View Post
    "The EU enacted the directive in an effort to combat the massive sending of unsolicited commercial emails - i.e., spam."

    Is "massive" used correctly here? I get what the author is saying - sending emails to a large number of people - but I'm not sure "massive" really means that.

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    Yes, 'massive' can mean that. This can also be called "mass mailing". The amount of mail taken as whole is massive.

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    Re: Massive

    I have to say that the massive sending sounds a bit odd to me.

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    Re: Massive

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I have to say that the massive sending sounds a bit odd to me.
    'Sending' is a gerund noun, and massive is an adjective. It does sound a bit odd, but I think it's correct enough.
    Do you prefer "the mass sending ..."?
    Or perhaps if someone sent a million emails by one click of "Send", you might call that a "massive send".

    mas·sive(msv)adj.1. Consisting of or making up a large mass; bulky, heavy, and solid: a massive piece of furniture.
    2. Large or imposing, as in quantity, scope, degree, intensity, or scale: "Local defense must be reinforced by the further deterrent of massive retaliatory power" (John Foster Dulles). See Synonyms at heavy.
    3. Large in comparison with the usual amount: a massive dose of a drug.
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