Origin of expectant
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- expecting, anticipating, or hopefulan expectant glance
- having expectations, esp of possession of something or prosperity
- pregnantan expectant mother
- a person who expects something
- obsolete a candidate for office, esp for ecclesiastical preferment
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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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