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

Examples of expansionary in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The resources promised for postwar reconstruction in Ukraine can serve the role that the Marshall Plan played after World War II in countering Moscow’s expansionary plans. Laszlo Bruszt, Foreign Affairs, 30 May 2024 The main culprit of inflation was the Federal Reserve’s expansionary monetary policy, but after the Fed jacked up interest rates in 2022, inflation has come down and is near its 2 percent long-run target. Thomas L. Hogan, National Review, 16 Feb. 2024 To Srivastava, the Robbinsville temple represents one more outpost of an expansionary organization whose spread is powered by a complicated mixture of politics, economics, class, history, and practical spirituality. Justin Davidson, Curbed, 9 Nov. 2023 Russia’s leader has tried to keep the daily lives of Russians insulated from the worst impacts of his expansionary campaign in order to minimize risks to political stability. Bychristiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 22 Sep. 2023 When inflation is increasing, however, then the Fed no longer has as much freedom to implement expansionary monetary policy, and when the Fed contracts its expansionary policies, this can decrease stock prices. Molly Nagle, ABC News, 14 Nov. 2021 The unpredictable outbreak of the pandemic has had significant implications to the global economy and the expansionary fiscal/monetary policies in 2020 and beyond to address rapidly shrinking economic activities. Foreign Affairs, 17 July 2023 The surge in the money supply as a result of expansionary monetary policy from the Fed and a boatload of government spending led to 500 basis points of interest-rate hikes to try to sop it up. The Editors, National Review, 14 July 2023 In 2021, sixty banks worldwide poured $185.5 billion into the 100 most expansionary fossil-fuel companies. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, 15 Feb. 2023

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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 24 Jun. 2024.

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