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