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EXPENS'IVE, adjective Costly; requiring much expense; as an expensive dress or equipment; an expensive family. Vices are usually more expensive than virtues.

1. Given to expense; free in the use of money; extravagant; lavish; applied to persons. Of men, some are frugal and industrious; others, idle land expensive

2. Liberal; generous in the distribution of property.

This requires an active, expensive indefatigable goodness.