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[ik-spek-tuh nt] /ɪkˈspɛk tənt/
having expectations; expecting:
an excited, expectant audience.
pregnant; expecting:
an expectant mother.
characterized by expectations:
an expectant attitude.
in expectation; expected; prospective:
an expectant fortune.
a person who expects or who waits in expectation.
Origin of expectant
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin expectant- (stem of expectāns), present participle of expectāre to expect; see -ant
Related forms
expectantly, adverb
half-expectant, adjective
half-expectantly, adverb
nonexpectant, adjective
nonexpectantly, adverb
overexpectant, adjective
overexpectantly, adverb
preexpectant, noun
quasi-expectant, adjective
quasi-expectantly, adverb
unexpectant, adjective
unexpectantly, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for expectantly
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  • But now, as he sat his horse on the verge of departure, he looked at old Lutts expectantly and with direct inquiry in his eyes.

    The Red Debt Everett MacDonald
  • He looked about expectantly for Mrs. Evringham or her daughter.

    Jewel Clara Louise Burnham
  • She had risen and was looking at him expectantly, with a half smile that seemed to invite one to comradeship.

    The Long Shadow B. M. Bower
  • It was so hard for her to talk to him there, where Harris looked from one to the other expectantly.

    That Girl Montana Marah Ellis Ryan
  • The two women in the room looked toward the door, expectantly.

    Cheerful--By Request Edna Ferber
  • The adventurers looked on, first expectantly, then gloomily.

    Chasing an Iron Horse Edward Robins
  • Rachels eyes danced at this, and she looked eagerly and expectantly at her little cousin.

  • She paused and looked at him expectantly; but things were still a blur to him.

    Quin Alice Hegan Rice
  • Hugh muttered a shy "hello" and sat down, watching Henley expectantly and rather uncomfortably.

    The Plastic Age Percy Marks
  • The little one smiled at him expectantly and nodded his head.

    Complete Short Works Georg Ebers
British Dictionary definitions for expectantly


expecting, anticipating, or hopeful: an expectant glance
having expectations, esp of possession of something or prosperity
pregnant: an expectant mother
a person who expects something
(obsolete) a candidate for office, esp for ecclesiastical preferment
Derived Forms
expectantly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for expectantly



late 14c., from Old French expectant or directly from Latin expectantem/exspectantem (nominative expectans/exspectans), present participle of expectare/exspectare (see expect). Related: Expectantly. As a noun, from 1620s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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expectantly in Medicine

expectant ex·pec·tant (ĭk-spěk'tənt)

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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