Definition of expansionist in English:



  • A follower or advocate of a policy of territorial or economic expansion.

    ‘he was an aggressive expansionist’


  • Relating to or characteristic of a policy of territorial or economic expansion.

    ‘the imperial government became increasingly bent on expansionist policies’
    • ‘After defeating a much larger country, they began to clearly demonstrate expansionist tendencies.’
    • ‘Whether he will now lower his grandiose expectations and constrain his expansionist impulses remains to be seen.’
    • ‘It is likely that expansionist retailers will yet again dominate the market.’
    • ‘The team is viewed as vigorously expansionist, and is rumoured to be prepared to look at investments in local newspapers, radio stations and new internet opportunities.’
    • ‘Since 2000, monetary policies have been strongly expansionist.’
    • ‘He called for the abandonment of expansionist politics and the formation of a voluntary confederation of European states to promote international cooperation.’
    • ‘These traditional enemies had clashed repeatedly over expansionist policies and colonization in Europe, North America, and India.’
    • ‘They were an expansionist, militaristic people who ruled their country through a line of emperors.’
    • ‘Since the 1880s, the great powers had all been engaged in expansionist drives to extend their spheres of influence to the rest of the world.’
    • ‘Is it really abandoning its expansionist ambitions?’