[ 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
Then, unexpectantly, the truant arrived, arrived proud and triumphant in the early morning before Hamilton was awake.Bones|Edgar Wallace
Tracy, out for an afternoon stroll, had come unexpectantly upon his family arms displayed upon this shabby house-front.The American Claimant|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Unexpectantly he picked up the sand-encrusted lump and brushed it off.The Fortieth Door|Mary Hastings Bradley
The women could see his empty coat-sleeve flutter as he walked slowly and unexpectantly in that glorious evening light.Strangers and Wayfarers|Sarah Orne Jewett
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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