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[ik-spek-tuh nt]
  1. having expectations; expecting: an excited, expectant audience.
  2. pregnant; expecting: an expectant mother.
  3. characterized by expectations: an expectant attitude.
  4. in expectation; expected; prospective: an expectant fortune.
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  1. a person who expects or who waits in expectation.
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Origin of expectant

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin expectant- (stem of expectāns), present participle of expectāre to expect; see -ant
Related formsex·pect·ant·ly, adverbhalf-ex·pect·ant, adjectivehalf-ex·pect·ant·ly, adverbnon·ex·pect·ant, adjectivenon·ex·pect·ant·ly, adverbo·ver·ex·pect·ant, adjectiveo·ver·ex·pect·ant·ly, adverbpre·ex·pect·ant, nounqua·si-ex·pect·ant, adjectivequa·si-ex·pect·ant·ly, adverbun·ex·pect·ant, adjectiveun·ex·pect·ant·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for unexpectant

Historical Examples

  • I was bored but unexpectant; I had no premonition of what was to come.

    The Man in Lower Ten

    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • I started the trip to see the real French Army in the most open but unexpectant frame of mind.

  • The colleague was there, lying drowsy from the prior nights potations, but not unexpectant of the return of his friend.

    The Court of Cacus

    Alexander Leighton

  • Years ago the fabulously rich silver discovery at Broken Hill burst suddenly upon an unexpectant world.

    Following the Equator, Complete

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • At times a shrill, sharp pipe, screaming with gusts of horror, split my unexpectant ear.

British Dictionary definitions for unexpectant


  1. expecting, anticipating, or hopefulan expectant glance
  2. having expectations, esp of possession of something or prosperity
  3. pregnantan expectant mother
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  1. a person who expects something
  2. obsolete a candidate for office, esp for ecclesiastical preferment
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Derived Formsexpectantly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unexpectant



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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unexpectant in Medicine


  1. Pregnant.
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