Definition of expansionary in English:



  • (of a policy or action) intended to result in economic or political expansion.

    ‘an expansionary budget’
    • ‘The late 1998 statistics for the first two rules provided clear voting majorities for an expansionary policy, and the final rule suggested a neutral or unchanged policy.’
    • ‘If expansionary policies are not adopted, the economy may regress.’
    • ‘The central bank then has a choice between implementing a contractionary monetary policy to fight inflation and an expansionary policy to fight recession.’
    • ‘Monetary policy was quite expansionary during 1999, as the first of the two articles predicted, and tightened considerably in recent months as the later article suggested.’
    • ‘However, the tight monetary policy wreaked havoc on the corporate sector, and by June 1980 it moved away to an expansionary policy stance.’
    • ‘He pointed out that interest rates are still very low, fiscal policy is still very expansionary and the inventory situation almost everywhere is healthily low.’
    • ‘Low interest rates and expansionary policies seem to have pushed the US economy forward and we are seeing very strong figures being reported there.’
    • ‘Except for a severe contraction in 1974, monetary policy was largely expansionary and contributed to the inflation outcome.’
    • ‘Here, states attempt to exploit the international economy through expansionary policies.’
    • ‘The authorities can mitigate the extent of the damage by collectively following expansionary policies.’
    • ‘Ireland had its knuckles rapped for following expansionary budget policies at a time of strong growth in February 2001.’
    • ‘It was therefore ‘no longer prudent’ to continue with an expansionary policy stance.’
    • ‘Let me briefly address an argument that is sometimes made to justify the demand for a more aggressive expansionary policy in Europe.’
    • ‘In view of the parliamentary elections in June 2005, growth is stimulated by expansionary fiscal and wage policies and could show some signs of overheating.’
    • ‘There is also the concern that, like Japan, the US may be pushing on a string with expansionary policies.’
    • ‘However, expansionary fiscal and monetary policies that lead to increased fiscal deficits or cheap credit are both inappropriate and ineffective.’
    • ‘At the international level, the G7 meeting to be held next month should coordinate expansionary policies, giving its blessing to rate cuts and easing of fiscal policy.’
    • ‘At present, monetary policy is expansionary, as interest rates are less than the rate of inflation.’
    • ‘When inflation is brought under control, the government can then return to an expansionary policy in time for the next election.’
    • ‘In the US, macroeconomic policy has become wildly expansionary.’