expansive expansive  /ɪk ˈspæn sɪv/


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


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  1. We don't need to replace Citizen Kane with another all-time great filmits expansive, epic vitality remains freshbut we sure could use another Welles.
  2. Built in 1924, its resplendent marble halls and expansive lawns were put to more proletarian use after the communists reopened it in 1953 as a children's recreation center.


  1. QUICKLISTING: Expansive split 2 BR at 515

    Expansive split 2 BR at 515 515 east 72; Luxury UES Condo! 2BR/ 2.5BTH Condo: $2.69M 515 East 72nd Street
    on June 25, 2013     Source: Curbed New York

  2. Your Physical Environment May Influence Your Integrity

    New research suggests expansive physical settings can lead people to feel powerful, and thus more apt to engage in dishonest behavior. An expansive physical setting may be characterized by having a big desk to stretch out while doing work, or a large driver’s seat in an automobile. Columbia Business School researchers believe body postures influence [...]
    on June 25, 2013     Source: Psych Central

  3. An expansive physical setting increases a person's likelihood of dishonest behavior

    A new study reveals that expansive physical settings can cause individuals to feel more powerful, and in turn these feelings of power can elicit more dishonest behavior such as stealing, cheating, and even traffic violations.
    on June 24, 2013     Source: Science Daily


  1. ...Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, who has long sought the so-called torture memos from the Department of Justice, said in a statement that the newly released memo "reflects the expansive view of executive power that has been the...
    on Apr 1, 2008 By: Patrick Leahy Source: FOXNews

  2. "It involves expansive government where necessary, balanced by tough management, unpopular cuts - and, yes, eventually some tax increases. Everyone, they say, will have to give up something," Dionne says.
    on Jan 16, 2009 By: EJ Dionne Source: Sydney Morning Herald

  3. "That directly counters the expansive action that the feds are trying to engage in to keep the economy moving," said House Appropriations Committee chairman Rep. David Obey, D-Wis.
    on Jan 14, 2009 By: David Obey Source: International Herald Tribune

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