Expansive Ex*pan"sive ([e^]ks*p[a^]n"s[i^]v), a. [Cf. F. expansif.] 1. Having a capacity or tendency to expand or dilate; diffusive; of much expanse; wide-extending; as, the expansive force of heat; the expansive quality of air. [WordNet sense 1] [1913 Webster]

A more expansive and generous compassion. --Eustace. [1913 Webster]

His forehead was broad and expansive. --Prescott.

2. causing expansion; as, the expansive force of heat. [1913 Webster +PJC]

3. of much expanse; wide-extending; as, an expansive view of the mountains. [PJC]

4. friendly, open, and unrestrained in conversation or discourse; -- of people; as, wine made the guest expansive. [WordNet sense 4]

Syn: effusive, talkative. [WordNet 1.5]

5. characterized by exaggerated feelings of euphoria and delusions of grandeur. [WordNet sense 3] [WordNet 1.5] -- {Ex*pan"sive*ly}, adv. -{Ex*pan"sive*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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