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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Our expansive and varied locations are the perfect setting for projects such as this. Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, 5 Aug. 2022 That said, her mind remains expansive and efficient. Chris Richards, Washington Post, 3 Aug. 2022 But as a regular of the festival, I’ve always been struck by its ambitious bridging of cultural specificity, social justice and the avant-garde, making it an exciting, expansive and revelatory cinematic experience. New York Times, 3 Aug. 2022 For almost six decades, the healthcare entitlements have grown increasingly costly and expansive while delivering subpar care to beneficiaries. Sally Pipes, Forbes, 1 Aug. 2022 In the end, though, the confident Sun trines expansive Jupiter, encouraging us to break free! Chicago Tribune, 30 July 2022 In other words, the court, in case after case, not only sided with a conservative cause, but did so in a way that was pretty sweeping and expansive, and set new standards for how these cases will be reviewed. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 28 July 2022 As market conditions deteriorate, Big Tech’s four largest power players are about to face an unprecedented stress test of their increasingly vast and expansive businesses. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 26 July 2022 Over 30 years later, writer Jonathan Hickman and artist Esad Ribić reused the Secret Wars title for an even more expansive and catastrophic crossover event which involved the destruction of the multiverse. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 25 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of expansive

1651, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of expansive was in 1651

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17 Aug 2022

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“Expansive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expansive. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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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 expansive (audio) \ noun

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