[an-tis-uh-puh nt]


anticipative (usually followed by of): We were eagerly anticipant of her arrival.


a person who anticipates.

Nearby words

  1. anticholinergic,
  2. anticholinesterase,
  3. antichrist,
  4. antichristian,
  5. antichthon,
  6. anticipate,
  7. anticipated,
  8. anticipation,
  9. anticipative,
  10. anticipatory

Origin of anticipant

1620–30; < Latin anticipant- (stem of anticipāns, present participle of anticipāre) taking before, equivalent to anti- (variant of ante- ante-) + -cip- (combining form of capere to take) + -ant- -ant Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for anticipant

  • His gaze troubled her, and when he withdrew his eyes she looked at him, anticipant and fearing.

    Spring Days|George Moore
  • Inside the great temple the people of Nedra were singing and chanting with anticipant joy; outside the world was smiling benignly.

    Nedra|George Barr McCutcheon

British Dictionary definitions for anticipant



operating in advance; expectant; anticipating


a person who anticipates; anticipator
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