American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Expectant.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Anticipating or tending to anticipate; containing anticipation.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Anticipating, or containing anticipation.
- adj. marked by eager anticipation
“We are in a kind of anticipative purity, which is becoming personal to us and a fixed habit; we are living to be pure, as Christ is; but, regarded as apart from him, the work is only initiated, — we still have sin, we are broken, disordered, and corrupt.”
“It is not too much to say that such remnants of doubt have been at the bottom of almost every such visitation, and that the appalling horror which has sometimes been brought about, is to be attributed, even in the cases most in point, and where most suffering has been experienced, more to a kind of anticipative horror, lest the apparition might possibly be real, than to an unwavering belief in its reality.”
“Most semiconductor manufacturers due that kind of anticipative ordering so we would hope when they exit bankruptcy that could benefit us.”
“But this is an anticipative adaptation when you exhaust the muscles, they adapt in case you need that level of exertion again, not just calories in/calories out.”
“Many protestations of friendship, and expressions anticipative of the pleasure which must inevitably flow from so happy an acquaintance, were exchanged, and the visitors departed, with renewed assurances that at all times and seasons the mansion of the Wititterlys would be honoured by receiving them beneath its roof.”
“BOYD: Well, number one, we have to have an anticipative security program at every airport.”
“Everyone was out of harness, fidgety and anticipative.”
“Ignoring the conglomeration of anticipative vileness, Ehomba reached slowly over his back.”
“The Literary Gazette considered the futuristic setting as "affording scope for much matter not connected with the catastrophe, and enabling the writer to indulge in every possible (and impossible) flight of her anticipative imagination, touching the nature of human society, and of all other mundane matters, a hundred and fifty years hence!”
“How does the reader show that ll. 7-12 are merely anticipative?”
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