ex·​pan·​sion·​ary | \ ik-ˈspan(t)-shə-ˌner-ē \

Definition of expansionary

: tending toward expansion an expansionary economy

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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 Even Social Security followed this expansionary path. John F. Cogan, WSJ, "Rubio’s Family-Leave Benefit Will Go the Way of All Entitlements," 4 Sep. 2018 That announcement came despite evidence that the euro area economy has lost some of its expansionary pace. David Goodman, Bloomberg.com, "German Growth Unexpectedly Picks Up In June as Services Rebound," 22 June 2018 Earlier in the day, data showed India’s dominant services sector bounced back into expansionary territory in March. Bloomberg.com, "India's RBI Paints a ‘Goldilocks’ Economy as Trade War Looms," 5 Apr. 2018 To date, Chinese expansionary tactics have for the most part involved incremental steps: moves not so provocative as to incite a response. The Economist, "China has militarised the South China Sea and got away with it," 21 June 2018

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1936, in the meaning defined above

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