ex·​pan·​sive | \ik-ˈspan(t)-siv \

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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The California law is not as expansive as Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation, or G.D.P.R., a new set of laws restricting how tech companies collect, store and use personal data. Daisuke Wakabayashi, New York Times, "California Passes Sweeping Law to Protect Online Privacy," 28 June 2018 The grounds of the hotel are expansive, featuring two beach options—one perfect for families, snorkeling, and beach-side shopping and the other serving as a secluded adults-only respite. Jessi Walker, Marie Claire, "Weekend Travel Guide to Saint Lucia," 11 June 2018 The Padres have a long-term plan that is more expansive than what Strahm can do now. Kevin Acee, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Matt Strahm starting to show stuff, will start Wednesday," 5 June 2018 In recent days President Trump and his lawyers have insisted that the powers of the presidency are pretty expansive. Peter Grier, The Christian Science Monitor, "Behind Trump's stance on executive power, transformed US politics," 4 June 2018 Project Maven’s future may be more expansive than the handful of projects Shanahan described. Tom Simonite, WIRED, "Pentagon Will Expand AI Project Prompting Protests at Google," 29 May 2018 The practice area is expansive, featuring two practice putting greens on opposite sides of the clubhouse to go along with a separate chipping green with sand traps down closer to the driving range. Brent Kennedy, baltimoresun.com, "The Woodlands Golf Course," 11 May 2018 The gillnets described in the study are fixed to the ocean floor and can be expansive. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "What's Killing the West Coast's Young Great White Sharks?," 9 May 2018 Nino Fortson, 36, described in HRC’s report as gender-expansive, was shot on May 13 in Atlanta, Georgia. Josephine Yurcaba, Teen Vogue, "22 Transgender People Have Been Killed in 2018," 20 Nov. 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

: 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 \

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 \ noun

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