expectant

[ik-spek-tuh nt]

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.

Nearby words

  1. expatiate,
  2. expatriate,
  3. expatriation,
  4. expect,
  5. expectancy,
  6. expectation,
  7. expectation of life,
  8. expectation sunday,
  9. expectation week,
  10. expectative

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 expectantly

expectant

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 Formsexpectantly, adverb

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Word Origin and History for expectantly

expectant

adj.

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.

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Medicine definitions for expectantly

expectant

[ĭk-spĕktənt]

adj.

Pregnant.

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