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

Definition of expansionary 

: tending toward expansion an expansionary economy

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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 The hands-off response of President Reagan and Congress contrasted starkly with the run-up to the 1972 election, when President Nixon had pressured the Fed to maintain expansionary policies. Neel Kashkari, WSJ, "How the Unfettered Fed Flattened the Phillips Curve," 21 May 2018 With more hotels under construction, including one in the Crown Building on Fifth Avenue in New York City, owner Vladislav Doronin’s expansionary vision shows no signs of flagging. Charles Curkin, ELLE Decor, "The New Aman Outside Shanghai Is More Than a Hotel—It's a World of Its Own," 10 May 2018 First, instead of doing share buybacks during expansionary periods, the system pays dividends to shareholders. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Basis—the “stable” cryptocurrency with $133 million invested—explained," 25 Apr. 2018 The impact of the expansionary measures are still filtering through the economy, with inflation above 10 percent for eight straight months through March, more than double the central bank’s target. Bloomberg.com, "Turkey Overheating Means Race Against Time for Erdogan," 3 Apr. 2018

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1936, in the meaning defined above

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