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[an-tis-uh-pey-tiv, -puh-tiv]
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  1. anticipating or tending to anticipate; expressing, revealing, or containing anticipation: an anticipative action; an anticipative look.
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Origin of anticipative

First recorded in 1655–65; anticipate + -ive
Related formsan·tic·i·pa·tive·ly, adverbnon·an·tic·i·pa·tive, adjectivenon·an·tic·i·pa·tive·ly, adverbun·an·tic·i·pa·tive, adjective
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Related Words for anticipative

anticipant, anticipatory, awaiting, expecting, hopeful, anticipating

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Historical Examples of anticipative

  • Our very passions, when most agitated, are most anticipative.

    Pelham, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • The internal organization of the colonial church is also anticipative.

  • There was a note of anticipative defiance in the young voice as she spoke.

    The Red City

    S. Weir Mitchell

  • We have seen the historical results of this mode of procedure in what is denominated the Anticipative or Hypothetical Method.

  • "Ho, ho," said Mr. Rugge, in hissing accents which had often thrilled the threepenny gallery with anticipative horror.