Definition of expansive in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪkˈspansɪv/
Pronunciation: /ɛkˈspansɪv/


1Covering a wide area in terms of space or scope; extensive: expansive beaches
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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.
2(Of a person or their manner) relaxed and genially frank and communicative: he was in an expansive mood
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  • The officers seem to have been chosen for this task by sheer force of their outgoing, expansive personalities.
  • His father was an outgoing, large and expansive man while his mother was a polite, passive person who Tom describes as a pushover.
  • A colossus - in girth at least - he felt he could engulf the United States in his expansive personality.
3Tending towards 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?



Pronunciation: /ɪkˈspansɪvli/
Pronunciation: /ɛkˈspansɪvli/
Example sentences
  • 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.


Pronunciation: /ɪkˈspansɪvnəs/
Pronunciation: /ɛkˈspansɪvnəs/
Example sentences
  • 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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