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Definition of expansive adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1covering a large amount of space She opened her arms wide in an expansive gesture of welcome. landscape with expansive skies He waved an expansive arm (= in an expansive movement).
  2. 2covering a large subject area, rather than trying to be exact and use few words We need to look at a more expansive definition of the term. The piece is written in his usual expansive style.
  3. 3friendly and willing to talk a lot She was clearly relaxed and in an expansive mood.
  4. 4(especially of a period of time) encouraging economic expansion In the expansive 1990s bright graduates could advance rapidly.
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adverb He waved his arms expansively.
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noun [uncountable]
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: expansive