adjective Date: 1651 1. having a capacity or a tendency to expand 2. causing or tending to cause expansion 3. a. characterized by high spirits, generosity, or readiness to talk ; open <
grew expansive after dinner
b. marked by or indicative of exaggerated euphoria and delusions of self-importance <
an expansive patient
4. marked by expansion; especially having a great expanse or extent ; sizable, extensive <
an expansive interpretation of the law
5. characterized by richness, abundance, or magnificence <
expansive living
expansive taste
expansively adverbexpansiveness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • expansive — [ek span′siv] adj. [< L expansus (see EXPANSE) + IVE] 1. tending or being able to expand 2. of, or working by means of, expansion 3. widely extended; broad; extensive; comprehensive 4. characterized by a free and generous nature; sympathetic;… …   English World dictionary

  • expansive — index ample, broad, capacious, complete (all embracing), comprehensive, extensive, omnibus, open ended …   Law dictionary

  • expansive — 1650s, tending to expand, from L. expans (see EXPANSE (Cf. expanse)) + IVE (Cf. ive). Related: Expansively; expansiveness …   Etymology dictionary

  • expansive — *elastic, resilient, buoyant, volatile, effervescent Analogous words: exuberant, luxuriant, lavish, prodigal (see PROFUSE): generous, *liberal, bountiful, bounteous, open handed: exalted, magnified, aggrandized (see EXALT) Antonyms: tense:… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 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

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  • Expansive — In mathematics, the notion of expansivity formalizes the notion of points moving away from one another under the action of an iterated function. The idea of expansivity is fairly rigid, as the definition of positive expansivity, below, as well as …   Wikipedia

  • expansive — ex|pan|sive [ıkˈspænsıv] adj 1.) very friendly and willing to talk a lot ▪ Hauser was in an expansive mood . 2.) very large in area, or using a lot of space ▪ expansive beaches ▪ She flung her arms out in an expansive gesture. 3.) including a lot …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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