expansive

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adjective ex·pan·sive \ik-ˈspan(t)-siv\

Definition of expansive

  1. 1 :  having a capacity or a tendency to expand

  2. 2 :  causing or tending to cause expansion

  3. 3a :  characterized by high spirits, generosity, or readiness to talk :  open grew expansive after dinnerb :  marked by or indicative of exaggerated euphoria and delusions of self-importance an expansive patient

  4. 4 :  marked by expansion; especially :  having a great expanse or extent :  sizable, extensive an expansive interpretation of the law

  5. 5 :  characterized by richness, abundance, or magnificence expansive living expansive taste

expansively

adverb

expansiveness

noun

Examples of expansive in a Sentence

  1. He was unusually expansive at the press conference.

  2. She was in an expansive mood.

  3. The law was expansive in its scope.

  4. a more expansive treatment of the topic

  5. the hotel's expansive dining room

  6. The house has expansive views of the valley.

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First Known Use of expansive

1651


EXPANSIVE Defined for English Language Learners

expansive

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adjective

Definition of expansive for English Language Learners

  • : talking a lot

  • : covering or including many things : very broad or wide

  • : covering a large space or area


Medical Dictionary

expansive

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adjective ex·pan·sive \ik-ˈspan(t)-siv\

Medical Definition of expansive

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

expansiveness

\-nəs\play noun


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