ex·​pan·​sion·​ary ik-ˈspan(t)-shə-ˌner-ē How to pronounce expansionary (audio)
: tending toward expansion
an expansionary economy

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web This kind of expansionary fiscal policy, which may be in place for years, could undermine attempts by central banks like the Fed to fight inflation. Steve Schifferes, Fortune, 3 Jan. 2023 That means monetary policy is still expansionary, and money has not tightened as much as the Fed might think despite significant interest-rate increases. The Editors, National Review, 15 Dec. 2022 Industry insiders have suggested that Smartless Media, newly flush with Amazon money and expansionary ambitions, has expressed interest in an acquisition, regardless of the show’s new composition. Vulture, 3 Feb. 2022 Service firms registered a barely expansionary 50.2, the lowest in 17 months, and manufacturing output at 46.5 is in recession territory despite some recent improvement. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 23 Aug. 2022 Part of this may be that in the Malthusian world there were recollections of periods in their culture when the demographic parameters were expansionary. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 30 Aug. 2010 The effects of Western sanctions and Russian manipulation of flows of natural gas and oil have turbocharged the price inflation already under way because of expansionary monetary and fiscal policy. Thomas J. Duesterberg And David Asher, WSJ, 6 Nov. 2022 Critics of the Biden administration’s spending initiatives have warned that a reliance on low interest rates to justify expansionary policies could come back to bite the United States economy, as the debt burden mounts. Jim Tankersley, New York Times, 4 Oct. 2022 Pursuit of this goal was one reason that the Fed maintained an overly expansionary policy, with consequences of which we have only just been reminded. Thomas L. Hogan, National Review, 18 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1936, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of expansionary was in 1936

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“Expansionary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expansionary. Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

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