adjective Date: 1936 tending toward expansion <
an expansionary economy

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  • expansionary — UK US /ɪkˈspænʃənəri/ US  /ɪkˈspænʃəˌneri/ adjective ECONOMICS ► used to describe a set of conditions during which something increases in size, number, or importance : »The economy has entered a fresh decline after a brief expansionary period …   Financial and business terms

  • expansionary — [ek′span′shə ner΄ē, ik span′shə ner΄ē] adj. directed toward expansion …   English World dictionary

  • expansionary — [[t]ɪkspæ̱nʃənri[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n Expansionary economic policies are intended to expand the economy of a country. They demanded a more expansionary economy to combat rising unemployment. 2) ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n (disapproval)… …   English dictionary

  • expansionary — chəˌnerē adjective : tending toward expansion an expansionary factor an expansionary economy …   Useful english dictionary

  • expansionary — /ik span sheuh ner ee/, adj. tending toward expansion: an expansionary economy. [1935 40; EXPANSION + ARY] * * * …   Universalium

  • expansionary — ex|pan|sion|a|ry [ıkˈspænʃənəri US ʃəneri] adj formal encouraging a business or ↑economy to become bigger and more successful ▪ expansionary fiscal policy …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • expansionary — ex•pan•sion•ar•y [[t]ɪkˈspæn ʃəˌnɛr i[/t]] adj. cvb tending toward expansion: an expansionary economy[/ex] • Etymology: 1935–40 …   From formal English to slang

  • expansionary — expansion ► NOUN 1) the action or an instance of expanding. 2) extension of a state s territory by encroachment on that of other nations. DERIVATIVES expansionary adjective …   English terms dictionary

  • expansionary — adjective That causes expansion …   Wiktionary

  • expansionary — ex|pan|sion|ar|y [ ık spænʃə,neri ] adjective TECHNICAL relating to actions by a government to increase economic growth …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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