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EXPANSIVE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does expansive mean? 

EXPANSIVE (adjective)
  The adjective EXPANSIVE has 4 senses:

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

  Familiarity information: EXPANSIVE used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


EXPANSIVE (adjective)


Sense 1expansive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Able or tending to expand or characterized by expansion

Context examples:

Expansive materials / the expansive force of fire

Similar:

distensible (capable of being distended; able to stretch and expand)

cavernous; erectile (filled with vascular sinuses and capable of becoming distended and rigid as the result of being filled with blood)

expandable; expandible; expansible (able to expand or be expanded)

inflatable (designed to be filled with air or gas)

Antonym:

unexpansive (showing no tendency to expand)


Sense 2expansive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of behavior that is impressive and ambitious in scale or scope

Synonyms:

grand; expansive; heroic

Context examples:

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

Similar:

impressive (making a strong or vivid impression)


Sense 3expansive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Marked by exaggerated feelings of euphoria and delusions of grandeur

Similar:

euphoric (exaggerated feeling of well-being or elation)

Domain category:

psychiatry; psychological medicine; psychopathology (the branch of medicine dealing with the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders)


Sense 4expansive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Friendly and open and willing to talk

Synonyms:

talkative; expansive

Context example:

wine made the guest expansive

Similar:

communicative; communicatory (able or tending to communicate)


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