ex·​pan·​sive | \ ik-ˈspan(t)-siv How to pronounce expansive (audio) \

Definition of expansive

1 : having a capacity or a tendency to expand
2 : causing or tending to cause expansion
3a : characterized by high spirits, generosity, or readiness to talk : open grew expansive after dinner
b : marked by or indicative of exaggerated euphoria and delusions of self-importance an expansive patient
4 : marked by expansion especially : having a great expanse or extent : sizable, extensive an expansive interpretation of the law
5 : characterized by richness, abundance, or magnificence expansive living expansive taste

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Other Words from expansive

expansively adverb
expansiveness noun

Examples of expansive in a Sentence

He was unusually expansive at the press conference. She was in an expansive mood. The law was expansive in its scope. a more expansive treatment of the topic the hotel's expansive dining room The house has expansive views of the valley.
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Perhaps owing to its as-told-to nature, the book often feels like a shorthand for a life as expansive as Barlow’s. Jesse Jarnow, WIRED, "The Ghost of John Perry Barlow Lives in His Posthumous Memoir," 5 June 2018 As to the process of describing the work, Akomfrah was expansive in his answers but mindful of his personal goals. Leah Garchik, San Francisco Chronicle, "Sidelong glances at the Oscars: local winners and feminist hero," 5 Mar. 2018 The list of executives in the region with a reach as expansive as Walker's is short. Marcos Breton, sacbee, "The Supreme Court may strip this union leader of her power. Don't care? Think again | The Sacramento Bee," 28 Feb. 2018 In Dred Scott, Taney explicitly sought to resolve the sectional crisis on the most expansive pro-slavery terms available. Marc M. Arkin, WSJ, "‘Supreme Injustice’ Review: The High Court and Slavery," 18 Jan. 2019 SUBSCRIBE TODAY Immigration activists have asked Curbelo for months to co-sponsor the DREAM Act, which is considered the most expansive piece of immigration legislation that would protect the young immigrants known as Dreamers from deportation. Alex Daugherty, miamiherald, "Carlos Curbelo signs the DREAM Act | Miami Herald," 27 Apr. 2018 The paper reported that the most expansive proposal included airstrikes on Russian air defense capabilities in Syria. Fox News, "Pentagon presented Trump with plan to take out Russian air defenses in Syria, report says," 16 Apr. 2018 The Harris Poll Reputation Quotient, which has been conducted since 1999, is among the most expansive surveys of consumer opinions about companies. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Apple's Brand Reputation Rank Plummets as Tesla's Soars," 13 Mar. 2018 An exaggerated wide-leg silhouette and a pleated style, meanwhile, take their cues from the time Welch spent mining the brand’s expansive vintage archives. Alexis Brunswick, Vogue, "Karla Welch Launches Her Levi’s Collaboration With a Little Help From Yoko Ono," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of expansive

1651, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of expansive

formal : talking a lot
: covering or including many things : very broad or wide
: covering a large space or area


ex·​pan·​sive | \ ik-ˈspan(t)-siv How to pronounce expansive (audio) \

Medical Definition of expansive

: marked by or indicative of exaggerated euphoria and delusions of self-importance a patient with expansive trends

Other Words from expansive

expansiveness \ -​nəs How to pronounce expansiveness (audio) \ noun

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