- 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.
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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