Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Capable of expanding or tending to expand.
  • adjective Broad in size or extent; comprehensive.
  • adjective Open and communicative; talkative or effusive.
  • adjective Grand in scale.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Capable of causing or effecting expansion: as, the expansive force of heat.
  • Capable of being expanded, or of expanding or spreading out in volume or extent; dilatable: as, the expansive quality of air; expansive gases or substances.
  • Embracing a large number of objects or particulars; wide-extending; comprehensive: as, expansive benevolence; an expansive outlook.
  • Comprehensive in feeling or action; sympathetic; effusive.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Having a capacity or tendency to expand or dilate; diffusive; of much expanse; wide-extending
  • adjective causing expansion.
  • adjective of much expanse; wide-extending.
  • adjective friendly, open, and unrestrained in conversation or discourse; -- of people.
  • adjective characterized by exaggerated feelings of euphoria and delusions of grandeur.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Able to be expanded.
  • adjective Comprehensive in scope or extent.
  • adjective Talkative and sociable.
  • adjective mathematics Exhibiting expansivity.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective of behavior that is impressive and ambitious in scale or scope
  • adjective able or tending to expand or characterized by expansion
  • adjective friendly and open and willing to talk
  • adjective marked by exaggerated feelings of euphoria and delusions of grandeur

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Examples

  • The word expansive has appeared in 606 New York Times articles in the past year, including on Nov. 2 in "Citi Field Fits In With History of Ballpark Changes," by Andrew Keh:

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  • In Westminster to settle some business before I leave for France, I come across Clegg in expansive mood.

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  • In Westminster to settle some business before I leave for France, I come across Clegg in expansive mood.

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  • Coming up the street on our bicycles, it seemed a grin – expansive and toothy, as if the bearer were just about to break out in maniacal laughter.

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  • Still, a tent, no matter how expansive, is ultimately an enclosure.

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  • Still, a tent, no matter how expansive, is ultimately an enclosure.

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  • Still, a tent, no matter how expansive, is ultimately an enclosure.

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  • Still, a tent, no matter how expansive, is ultimately an enclosure.

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  • Still, a tent, no matter how expansive, is ultimately an enclosure.

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