Definition of expansive in English:


Syllabification: ex·pan·sive
Pronunciation: /ikˈspansiv


  • 1Covering a wide area in terms of space or scope; extensive or wide-ranging: deep, expansive canyons
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    • Notice the wider decorative elements which function as an expansive area for the picture.
    • Pendant lamps and a simplified pattern of coffers lend definition to the dining area, while in the more expansive family room area, the ceiling rises to a peak.
    • The results of this review are sufficiently encouraging to warrant further and more expansive studies in this area of considerable public health importance.
  • 3Tending toward economic or political expansion: expansive domestic economic policies
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    • In 1856 the financial climate was favorable to a more expansive policy towards company formation.
    • This is the most expansive of the regional political models.
    • What if at any moment either of them had advocated an expansive view of sexual politics?



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  • When he found out I was just arriving from Kansas, he spread his arms expansively and barked, ‘Welcome to New York!’
  • We withdrew in that second half, we didn't play as expansively as we can.
  • Both are reluctant to talk about it too expansively because it marks how successful they have been in ‘convincing’ suppliers to help.


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  • The Guggenheim, which more than any other art museum epitomized the heady expansiveness of the 1990s economy, has suffered more than most.
  • This expansiveness raised problems of rhetoric and tone.
  • What really captivated me about this book is what I can only call its expansiveness, its sense of literary grace and play in the telling of history.

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