Expansiveness
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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  • expansiveness — expansive ► ADJECTIVE 1) covering a wide area; extensive. 2) relaxed, genial, and communicative. 3) tending towards territorial expansion. DERIVATIVES expansively adverb expansiveness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • expansiveness — noun 1. a quality characterized by magnificence of scale or the tendency to expand (Freq. 1) the expansiveness of their extravagant life style was soon curtailed • Syn: ↑expansivity • Derivationally related forms: ↑expansive (for: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

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  • expansiveness — noun The state of being expansive …   Wiktionary

  • expansiveness — A state of optimism, loquacity, and reactivity. * * * ex·pan·sive·ness (ek spanґsiv nis) behavior marked by euphoria, loquacity, and grandiosity …   Medical dictionary

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