from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or characterized by expectation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to an expectation
  • adj. Of or pertaining to the reversion of a benefice

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Constituting an object of expectation; contingent.
  • n. Something in expectation; esp., an expectative grace.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Constituting an object of expectation; giving rise to expectation; anticipatory.
  • Eccles., pertaining to an expectative. See II., 2.
  • n. That which is expected; something in expectation.
  • n. Specifically In the Roman Catholic Church, the right to be collated in the future to a benefice not vacant when the right is granted.


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