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  1. of or relating to expectation.
  2. characterized by expectation.
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Origin of expectative

From the Medieval Latin word expectātīvus, dating back to 1480–90. See expectation, -ive
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Examples from the Web for expectative

Historical Examples

  • It was too slow for their eagerness and expectative grants were sought for and made in advance so as to profit by the next victim.

    A History of the Inquisition of Spain; vol. 1

    Henry Charles Lea

  • They went to Stuttgart, where the Wrtemberg Government kept up a sort of expectative neutrality.

  • He is young enough to forgive, and to be forgiven, the possession and the expectative, at least for some years.