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

First recorded in 1645–55; expans(ion) + -ive
Related formsex·pan·sive·ly, adverbex·pan·sive·ness, nounnon·ex·pan·sive, adjectivenon·ex·pan·sive·ly, adverbnon·ex·pan·sive·ness, nouno·ver·ex·pan·sive, adjectiveo·ver·ex·pan·sive·ly, adverbo·ver·ex·pan·sive·ness, nounun·ex·pan·sive, adjectiveun·ex·pan·sive·ly, adverbun·ex·pan·sive·ness, noun
Can be confusedexpansive expensive (see synonym study at expensive)

Synonyms for expansive

2. sociable, extroverted, outgoing, genial, unreserved; gushy, gushing.
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Examples from the Web for expansively

Historical Examples of expansively

  • "It's a blessing to talk to one's own people," I said, expansively, to him.


    Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer

  • "Well, I haven't any complaint to make with the new arrangements," she said expansively.

    Miss Pat at School

    Pemberton Ginther

  • His voice was still going on, expansively, brilliantly, juggling his subject.

    The Coast of Chance

    Esther Chamberlain

  • If I could but make one littl Americain verse, he implored, expansively.

  • The ruffians are expansively gay on reaching the open air again.

    Venetian Life

    William Dean Howells

British Dictionary definitions for expansively



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 Formsexpansively, adverbexpansiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for expansively



1650s, "tending to expand," from Latin expans-, past participle stem of expandere (see expand) + -ive. Related: Expansively; expansiveness.

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