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[ik-span-siv] /ɪkˈspæn sɪv/
having a wide range or extent; comprehensive; extensive:
expansive mountain scenery.
(of a person's character or speech) effusive, unrestrained, free, or open:
Our expansive host welcomed us warmly.
tending to expand or capable of expanding.
causing expansion:
the expansive force of heat.
working by expansion, as an engine.
Psychiatry. marked by an abnormal euphoric state and by delusions of grandeur.
Origin of expansive
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)
2. sociable, extroverted, outgoing, genial, unreserved; gushy, gushing. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for expansive
  • It is normally a time for upbeat comments about bright futures and expansive political visions.
  • In previous entries of my sabbatical diary, one topic that arose was how to handle expansive periods of unstructured time.
  • If you buy this premise, there are expansive implications.
  • Our other animals typically find refuge at certain elevations within their expansive enclosures.
  • Cheetahs have lean bodies, long legs, a large heart and expansive lungs.
  • His expansive collection of precious everyday objects includes a jewel encrusted baseball and a sapphire-studded mailbox.
  • But an east-west voyage offers a more expansive and more reflective experience.
  • These expansive instrumental epics start out icy, but melt easily enough with proper application of the human ear.
  • The fit with the president's expansive agenda seemed awkward, and the amount was pennies on the original dollar.
  • They do not include expansive new police or spying laws.
British Dictionary definitions for expansive


able or tending to expand or characterized by expansion
wide; extensive
friendly, open, or talkative: an expansive person
grand or extravagant: an expansive way of life
(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 expansive

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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