[ ik-spek-tuhnt ]
/ ɪkˈspɛk tənt /
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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.
a person who expects or who waits in expectation.
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Origin of expectant
OTHER WORDS FROM expectant
ex·pect·ant·ly, adverbhalf-ex·pect·ant, adjectivehalf-ex·pect·ant·ly, adverbnon·ex·pect·ant, adjective
non·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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How to use expectant in a sentence
At times a shrill, sharp pipe, screaming with gusts of horror, split my unexpectant ear.
Rhodes then fell like an avalanche upon the unexpectant and now thoroughly disorganized divisions of the retreating enemy.History of Kershaw's Brigade|D. Augustus Dickert
The newcomer was a large, seedy-looking man, with the resigned, unexpectant manner of the deaf.The Wizard's Daughter and Other Stories|Margaret Collier Graham
While the other girls were clamoring for mail, Harriet stood in the background silent and unexpectant.Just Patty|Jean Webster
Every other virtue poses; none is absolutely unconscious and simple, and unexpectant of decoration or recognition, like this.
British Dictionary definitions for expectant
/ (ɪkˈspɛktənt) /
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
Derived forms of expectantexpectantly, adverb
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