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

Definition of expansionary

: tending toward expansion an expansionary economy

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Recent Examples on the Web The official export-order subindex climbed into expansionary territory for the first time this year, while the Caixin survey showed export orders hitting a three-year high. Jonathan Cheng, WSJ, "China’s Economic Rebound Picks Up Pace," 30 Sep. 2020 Keynes was critical of the purely monetary approach to expansionary policy. Bruce Bartlett, The New Republic, "The Libertarian Ideas That Wrecked the Fed," 21 Sep. 2020 The new framework, which was 1 1/2 years in the making, was seen as reinforcing the Fed’s ultra-expansionary monetary policy. Rich Miller, Bloomberg.com, "Powell Tells NPR Economy Has Long Road Ahead After Jobs Gain," 4 Sep. 2020 And part of that is a function of the U.S. Federal Reserve policy, which has been extremely loose and expansionary because we're paired to the U.S. dollar. Veta Chan, Fortune, "Jefferies strategist expects China to fulfill its U.S. trade deal commitments for an unexpected reason," 27 Aug. 2020 Despite being in an expansionary phase of the business cycle and despite a national growth rate that is well below the post-World War II average growth rate, California registered two quarters of growth that were slower even than the nation’s. Dan Walters, San Francisco Chronicle, "California booms, but when will it bust again?," 2 Apr. 2018 The end of this international monetary system in 1971, though itself a result of overly expansionary U.S. monetary policy, further increased inflationary expectations, as there was no longer even a pretense that the dollar was anchored. David Beckworth, National Review, "Paul Volcker’s Noble War on Inflation," 16 Dec. 2019 Some market participants have long thought that the US economy is at the end of its expansionary cycle. Anneken Tappe, CNN, "America's jobs market is strong, but coronavirus could change that," 5 Mar. 2020 Stefan Ingves, the governor, argued for a more expansionary monetary policy, noting that Sweden is particularly exposed to weakening global trade. The Economist, "The Riks flips A Nordic pioneer of negative interest rates gets cold feet," 12 Dec. 2019

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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 19 Oct. 2020.

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