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expectant

[ ik-spek-tuhnt ]
/ ɪkˈspɛk tənt /
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adjective
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.
noun
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

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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

expectant
/ (ɪkˈspɛktənt) /

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

Derived forms of expectant

expectantly, adverb
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Medical definitions for expectant

expectant
[ ĭk-spĕktənt ]

adj.
Pregnant.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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