[ an-tis-uh-puhnt ]
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  1. anticipative (usually followed by of): We were eagerly anticipant of her arrival.

  1. a person who anticipates.

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

Words Nearby anticipant Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use anticipant in a sentence

  • He said "Now" with a little sucking in of breath and a thin anticipant smile and spun on his heel.

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

    Spring Days | George Moore

British Dictionary definitions for anticipant


/ (ænˈtɪsɪpənt) /

  1. operating in advance; expectant; anticipating

  1. a person who anticipates; anticipator

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