Expensive Ex*pen"sive, a. 1. Occasioning expense; calling for liberal outlay; costly; dear; liberal; as, expensive dress; an expensive house or family. [1913 Webster]

War is expensive, and peace desirable. --Burke. [1913 Webster]

2. Free in expending; very liberal; especially, in a bad sense: extravagant; lavish. [R.] [1913 Webster]

An active, expensive, indefatigable goodness. --Sprat. [1913 Webster]

The idle and expensive are dangerous. --Sir W. Temple.

Syn: Costly; dear; high-priced; lavish; extravagant. -- {Ex*pen"sive*ly}, adv. -- {Ex*pen"sive*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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