expectant

[ ik-spek-tuh nt ]
/ ɪkˈspɛk tənt /

adjective

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.

noun

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

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British Dictionary definitions for expectant

expectant

/ (ɪkˈspɛktənt) /

adjective

expecting, anticipating, or hopefulan expectant glance
having expectations, esp of possession of something or prosperity
pregnantan expectant mother

noun

a person who expects something
obsolete a candidate for office, esp for ecclesiastical preferment

Derived Forms

expectantly, adverb
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Medicine definitions for expectant

expectant

[ ĭk-spĕktənt ]

adj.

Pregnant.
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