ex·​pan·​sion·​ary | \ ik-ˈspan(t)-shə-ˌner-ē How to pronounce expansionary (audio) \

Definition of expansionary

: tending toward expansion an expansionary economy

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By John Butman & Simon Targett Little, Brown, 405 pages, $29 London’s expansionary impulses lie at the heart of two very different books about the city during the 16th and early 17th centuries. Peter C. Mancall, WSJ, "‘London’s Triumph’ and ‘New World, Inc.’ Review: New World, New Markets," 3 Aug. 2018 The markets would probably treat this as an expansionary signal for monetary policy. Tyler Cowen, Houston Chronicle, "Yes, the Fed could still stop a recession," 29 Aug. 2019 While business executives are now worried about a possible trade war and have slowed their expansionary plans, the U.S. economy is still healthy. Robert Pozen, Fortune, "Why the Fed Lowering Interest Rates Would Be a Mistake," 29 July 2019 In the more optimistic view, the challenges facing the corporate sector turn out to be temporary — perhaps a cooling of trade tensions helps — and demand from domestic consumers soon returns businesses to a more expansionary mode. Neil Irwin, New York Times, "Consumers Are Spending. Businesses Aren’t. Who’s Right About the Future?," 1 July 2019 New export orders, though still in expansionary territory, slipped to their lowest point since February 2016, Caixin said. WSJ, "China’s Economy Losing Steam as Trade Conflict With U.S. Intensifies," 30 Sep. 2018 This has restrained increases in personal income and consumption, and reduced the expansionary effects of artificially low interest rates. WSJ, "Time for Market-Based Interest Rates Again," 25 Sep. 2018 The government switched to expansionary measures such as the easing on foreign-currency loans. David Gauthier-villars, WSJ, "How Erdogan’s Push for Endless Growth Brought Turkey to the Brink," 17 Aug. 2018 For more than 200 years, no entitlement program has been immune from the expansionary pressures that inexorably drive entitlement liberalizations, and there is no earthly reason to think Mr. Rubio’s plan will prove the exception. John F. Cogan, WSJ, "Rubio’s Family-Leave Benefit Will Go the Way of All Entitlements," 4 Sep. 2018

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1936, in the meaning defined above

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