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expansive

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/ ɪkˈspæn sɪv /
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adjective
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.
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Origin of expansive

First recorded in 1645–55; expans(ion) + -ive

OTHER WORDS FROM expansive

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH expansive

expansive , expensive
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How to use expansive in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for expansive

expansive
/ (ɪkˈspænsɪv) /

adjective
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

Derived forms of expansive

expansively, adverbexpansiveness, noun
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