- having a wide range or extent; comprehensive; extensive: expansive mountain scenery.
- (of a person's character or speech) effusive, unrestrained, free, or open: Our expansive host welcomed us warmly.
- tending to expand or capable of expanding.
- causing expansion: the expansive force of heat.
- working by expansion, as an engine.
- Psychiatry. marked by an abnormal euphoric state and by delusions of grandeur.
Origin of expansive
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2. sociable, extroverted, outgoing, genial, unreserved; gushy, gushing.
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Examples from the Web for expansiveness
One revels in expansiveness with his own, and I can speak to you as I cannot speak to another.'Lord Kilgobbin
This old Madeira here will explain any amount of expansiveness.The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly
Charles James Lever
"It shall be only a little," began Friedrich, repenting of his expansiveness.A Tar-Heel Baron
Mabell Shippie Clarke Pelton
It possessed the qualities of boundless adaptability and expansiveness.The Choctaw Freedmen
Robert Elliott Flickinger
Confronted with the results of his expansiveness, Soames scrutinized his visitor.The Forsyte Saga, Volume III.
- able or tending to expand or characterized by expansion
- wide; extensive
- friendly, open, or talkativean expansive person
- grand or extravagantan expansive way of life
- psychiatry lacking restraint in the expression of feelings, esp in having delusions of grandeur or being inclined to overvalue oneself or one's work
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Word Origin and History for expansiveness
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