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ɪkˈspæn sɪvex·pan·sive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. expansiveadjective

    able or tending to expand or characterized by expansion

    "Expansive materials"; "the expansive force of fire"

  2. expansive, grand, heroicadjective

    of behavior that is impressive and ambitious in scale or scope

    "an expansive lifestyle"; "in the grand manner"; "collecting on a grand scale"; "heroic undertakings"

  3. expansiveadjective

    marked by exaggerated feelings of euphoria and delusions of grandeur

  4. expansive, talkativeadjective

    friendly and open and willing to talk

    "wine made the guest expansive"


  1. Expansiveadjective

    of much expanse; wide-extending; as, an expansive view of the mountains.

  2. Expansiveadjective

    causing expansion; as, the expansive force of heat.


  1. expansiveadjective

    Able to be expanded.

  2. expansiveadjective

    Comprehensive in scope or extent.

    An expansive research work.

  3. expansiveadjective

    Talkative and sociable.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Expansiveadjective

    Having the power to spread into a wider surface, or greater space.

    Etymology: from expand.

    The elastick or expansive faculty of the air, whereby it dilates itself when compressed, hath been made use of in the common weather-glasses. John Ray, on the Creation.

    Then no more
    Th’ expansive atmosphere is cramp’d with cold. James Thomson.


  1. expansive

    Expansive refers to something that is wide-ranging, extensive, broad or comprehensive. It can also mean something that is characterized by a notable or significant increase or growth. It can be used to describe physical space, ideas, behaviors or efforts, among other things.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Expansiveadjective

    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

  2. Etymology: [Cf. F. expansif.]


  1. 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 the Schwarz-Ahlfors-Pick theorem demonstrate.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of expansive in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of expansive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of expansive in a Sentence

  1. Joseph Kane:

    It's probably not feasible in the short run that a private operation would sort of take over those long routes, considering how expansive those routes are and how many players are involved.

  2. Carlo Cottarelli:

    Monetary policies have been very expansive in recent years and an adjustment is necessary, it's totally premature to speak of a crisis in China.

  3. Sergey Toshin:

    I’ve never seen anything like this before. It’s like, super expansive.

  4. Advocacy Counsel Manar Waheed:

    They have so many federal crimes they can charge with. They have expansive powers to conduct investigation long before a crime is committed, so why aren't they using those powers to address white supremacist violence ?

  5. Melanie Brucks:

    This visual focus on the screen narrows cognition. In other words, people are more focused when interacting on video, which hurts the broad, expansive idea generation process.

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    either of two different animal or plant species living in close association but not interdependent
    A currish
    B commensal
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