[ik-spek-tuh nt]


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.

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 unexpectantly

Historical Examples of unexpectantly

  • Unexpectantly he picked up the sand-encrusted lump and brushed it off.

    The Fortieth Door

    Mary Hastings Bradley

  • Then, unexpectantly, the truant arrived, arrived proud and triumphant in the early morning before Hamilton was awake.


    Edgar Wallace

  • 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 unexpectantly



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 Formsexpectantly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unexpectantly



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

unexpectantly in Medicine




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