Definition of anticipatory in English:


Pronunciation /antɪsɪˈpeɪt(ə)ri//anˈtɪsɪpət(ə)ri/


  • 1Happening, performed, or felt in anticipation of something.

    ‘an anticipatory flash of excitement’
    • ‘She found that she was less bothered by hot flashes and the attendant anticipatory anxiety about when the next hot flash would occur.’
    • ‘With extraordinary promotional finesse, Buffalo Bill's Wild West heightened anticipatory excitement by plastering its tour route with colorful posters announcing upcoming show dates.’
    • ‘At points during the album all the elements come together, and ‘Positive Tension’ provides a song that does exactly what the title suggests, bubbling with anticipatory riffs and lyrics.’
    • ‘The thought of his blind date gives him a rush of anticipatory nervous excitement.’
    • ‘The reader is kept in an anticipatory state of excitement which is gratified only in the release afforded by the final solution in the last pages.’
    • ‘We have taken some anticipatory measures and will not be affected by the new ruling.’
    • ‘As will be argued, Rushdie's novel can be approached as an instance of a modernized fairy tale utopia, as well as a move from the sheer critique of the present state of things to the anticipatory vision of a more hospitable world.’
    • ‘Outside, the first footprints of autumn were seen in the yellowing leaves of some of the older poplars and the increasing anticipatory excitement of the birds and squirrels.’
    • ‘Inside there was bustle and excited anticipatory chatter.’
    • ‘At Jolimont Station today, two giggling girls approached the doors, falling all over one another in anticipatory mirth, they waited for the beep, opened the door a crack and threw in a small piece of paper.’
    • ‘March in New York is a restless time, an anticipatory time, hopeful yet apprehensive.’
    • ‘Even after we had become used to the fascinating jumble of treasures piled throughout the house our visits were marked by an anticipatory, nervous excitement.’
    • ‘To live in the expectation that time will end permits the expression of chronic, anticipatory mourning for a world about to be lost, and supports a keen public interest in the history and archaeology of lost worlds.’
    • ‘Plodding and predictable, it seems unable to manufacture suspense from the kind of situation and setting that would have had Hitchcock rubbing his hands with anticipatory glee.’
    • ‘The very thing he says is an anticipatory excuse for anything he may choose to do.’
    • ‘Usually, once the story begins then I kind of relax into it, but there is sort of an anticipatory work up that happens.’
    • ‘It is the nineteenth century doctrine of anticipatory self-defence which claims a right to take necessary and proportionate action in self-defence when there is the danger of an imminent attack.’
    • ‘Representatives of concerned residents held a meeting on Tuesday to discuss anticipatory measures to be taken in case of floods in the near future and the administration's lack of preparation.’
    • ‘Rather than shouting, residents silently digested as much detail as they could, a series of anticipatory computations filled all heads as everybody tried to visualize the plan that would permanently change the neighbourhood.’
    • ‘Historians of the Sixties have long emphasized that there were many anticipatory developments, from the introduction of Playboy and stars like Marilyn Monroe in the Fifties, to the Beat Generation of the same era.’
    eager, excited, agog, waiting with bated breath, breathless, waiting, hopeful
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    1. 1.1Law (of a breach of contract) taking the form of an announcement or indication that a contract will not be honoured.
      • ‘There is an alternative claim for damages for anticipatory breach of contract.’
      • ‘Was he in anticipatory repudiatory breach in respect of the contracts in respect of vessels 3-6?’
      • ‘The Plaintiff takes the position that there is an anticipatory breach of contract by the Defendant.’
      • ‘The assumption has to be made that, had there been no anticipatory breach, the defendant would have performed his legal obligation and no more.’
      • ‘A constructive dismissal may arise by way of an anticipatory breach.’