UK [ænˈtɪsɪpət(ə)rɪ] / US [ˌænˈtɪsɪpəˌtɔrɪ] adjective formal
relating to the feelings that you get when you are expecting something to happen

The mention of his name filled her with an anticipatory excitement.

English dictionary. 2014.

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  • anticipatory — an·tic·i·pa·tory /an ti sə pə ˌtōr ē/ adj: of or relating to a prior action that takes into account or forestalls a later action an anticipatory challenge brought for declaratory and injunctive relief L. H. Tribe an·tic·i·pa·tor·i·ly / ˌti sə pə… …   Law dictionary

  • Anticipatory — An*tic i*pa*to*ry, a. Forecasting; of the nature of anticipation. Owen. [1913 Webster] Here is an anticipatory glance of what was to be. J. C. Shairp. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • anticipatory — (adj.) 1660s, from ANTICIPATE (Cf. anticipate) + ORY (Cf. ory) …   Etymology dictionary

  • anticipatory — [an tis′ə pə tôr΄ē] adj. anticipating; of or expressing anticipation anticipatorily adv …   English World dictionary

  • anticipatory — [[t]æntɪ̱sɪpe͟ɪtəri, AM pətɔːri[/t]] ADJ: usu ADJ n An anticipatory feeling or action is one that you have or do because you are expecting something to happen soon. [FORMAL] ...anticipatory excitement at the prospect of cooking and eating such… …   English dictionary

  • anticipatory — adjective Date: 1669 characterized by anticipation ; anticipating < took anticipatory measures to prevent floods > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • anticipatory — adjective Characterized by anticipation. The children were all wearing anticipatory grins in the minutes before the cake was served …   Wiktionary

  • anticipatory — anticipate ► VERB 1) be aware of (a future event) and prepare for it. 2) regard as probable. 3) look forward to. 4) act or happen before. DERIVATIVES anticipator noun anticipatory adjective. ORIGIN …   English terms dictionary

  • anticipatory — anticipatorily, adv. /an tis euh peuh tawr ee, tohr ee/, adj. of, showing, or expressing anticipation. [1660 70; ANTICIPATE + ORY1] * * * …   Universalium

  • anticipatory — Synonyms and related words: agape, agog, all agog, antecedent, anterior, anticipant, anticipating, anticipative, atiptoe, awaiting, beforetime, bright and early, certain, ci devant, clairvoyant, confident, divinatory, eager, earlier, early, elder …   Moby Thesaurus

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