Word of the Day: Expansive


ex-pan-sive / ĭk-spăn-sĭv


1. able to or tending to expand

The more expansive government is, the more perils people face in daily lives, be it from IRS agents or from child support services, or from other agencies that often have little or no legal restraints on their power.

James Bovard, 1956 –

2. extensive; large in range or size

Being willing to change allows you to move from a point of view to a viewing point – a higher, more expansive place, from which you can see both sides.

From “Magic of Conflict” by Thomas Crum, ? –

3. talkative; friendly

Now, she was both diffident and importunate; extremely reserved sometimes with her friends, and strangely expansive with strangers.

From “The American” by Henry James, 1843 – 1916

4. capable of causing something to expand

Heat expands all bodies which it can act on and thus seems to be causally related to the expansive force, but the in­vestigations which have hitherto been made have not taught us in what way.

From “Selected Scientific Works of Hans Christian Ørsted” by Hans Christian Ørsted, 1777 – 1851

5. lavish and expensive; extravagant

An expansive life, one not constrained by four walls, requires as well an expansive pocket.

Anton Chekhov, 1860 – 1904