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[an-tis-uh-puh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ænˈtɪs ə pəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
of, showing, or expressing anticipation.
Origin of anticipatory
First recorded in 1660-70; anticipate + -ory1
Related forms
anticipatorily, adverb
nonanticipatorily, adverb
nonanticipatory, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The rest of the group trailed behind with anticipatory grins.

    The Wind Before the Dawn Dell H. Munger
  • The plainclothesmen looked at each other with anticipatory glee.

    The Pirates of Ersatz Murray Leinster
  • The most vivid impressions of Americans have always been anticipatory.

    Humanly Speaking Samuel McChord Crothers
  • Of all the anticipatory mourners, the most demonstrative was the sympathetic widow.

    The Prodigal Father J. Storer Clouston
  • So far our discussion has emphasized the anticipatory character of the conscious stimulus.

    Creative Intelligence John Dewey, Addison W. Moore, Harold Chapman Brown, George H. Mead, Boyd H. Bode, Henry Waldgrave, Stuart James, Hayden Tufts, Horace M. Kallen
  • "Hopeless is here used in a proleptic or anticipatory way" (Hales).

  • With an anticipatory smile Stephen seated himself on the great leather divan beside the other boy.

    Steve and the Steam Engine Sara Ware Bassett
Word Origin and History for anticipatory

1660s, from anticipate + -ory.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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