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

Definition of expansionary

: tending toward expansion an expansionary economy

Examples of expansionary in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web People are well aware of the inflationary potential implicit in the extremely expansionary monetary policies the Fed has pursued for years now, since the 2008-2009 financial crisis in fact. Milton Ezrati, Forbes, 2 June 2021 The implication is that abandoning expansionary policies too soon is what really risks scarring the economy. Jon Sindreu, WSJ, 1 June 2021 Monetary acceleration is inflationary, but tax reduction is expansionary when there is unemployment. Bruce Bartlett, The New Republic, 7 Apr. 2021 Businesses report being in an expansionary mood, which bodes well for investment spending. Neil Irwin, New York Times, 21 June 2021 Stocks have historically risen 85% of the time on a one-year basis during expansionary periods. Jessica Menton, USA TODAY, 16 June 2021 In the longer term, the country still faces the confluence of expansionary fiscal and monetary policy. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 5 June 2021 Moreover, with inflation trending higher, the Federal Reserve could potentially rethink its expansionary monetary policy. Trefis Team, Forbes, 16 Nov. 2020 For more than a year the Fed has been pursuing an expansionary policy for the ages. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 12 May 2021

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First Known Use of expansionary

1936, in the meaning defined above

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“Expansionary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expansionary. Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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