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expansive

[ik-span-siv] /ɪkˈspæn sɪv/
adjective
1.
having a wide range or extent; comprehensive; extensive:
expansive mountain scenery.
2.
(of a person's character or speech) effusive, unrestrained, free, or open:
Our expansive host welcomed us warmly.
3.
tending to expand or capable of expanding.
4.
causing expansion:
the expansive force of heat.
5.
working by expansion, as an engine.
6.
Psychiatry. marked by an abnormal euphoric state and by delusions of grandeur.
Origin
1645-1655
1645-55; expans(ion) + -ive
Related forms
expansively, adverb
expansiveness, noun
nonexpansive, adjective
nonexpansively, adverb
nonexpansiveness, noun
overexpansive, adjective
overexpansively, adverb
overexpansiveness, noun
unexpansive, adjective
unexpansively, adverb
unexpansiveness, noun
Can be confused
expansive, expensive (see synonym study at expensive)
Synonyms
2. sociable, extroverted, outgoing, genial, unreserved; gushy, gushing.
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British Dictionary definitions for expansiveness

expansive

/ɪkˈspænsɪv/
adjective
1.
able or tending to expand or characterized by expansion
2.
wide; extensive
3.
friendly, open, or talkative: an expansive person
4.
grand or extravagant: an expansive way of life
5.
(psychiatry) lacking restraint in the expression of feelings, esp in having delusions of grandeur or being inclined to overvalue oneself or one's work
Derived Forms
expansively, adverb
expansiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for expansiveness

expansive

adj.

1650s, "tending to expand," from Latin expans-, past participle stem of expandere (see expand) + -ive. Related: Expansively; expansiveness.

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