Definition of anticipatory in English:

anticipatory

adjective

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

    ‘an anticipatory flash of excitement’
    • ‘The thought of his blind date gives him a rush of anticipatory nervous excitement.’
    • ‘The very thing he says is an anticipatory excuse for anything he may choose to do.’
    • ‘Inside there was bustle and excited anticipatory chatter.’
    • ‘With extraordinary promotional finesse, Buffalo Bill's Wild West heightened anticipatory excitement by plastering its tour route with colorful posters announcing upcoming show dates.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She found that she was less bothered by hot flashes and the attendant anticipatory anxiety about when the next hot flash would occur.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Usually, once the story begins then I kind of relax into it, but there is sort of an anticipatory work up that happens.’
    • ‘March in New York is a restless time, an anticipatory time, hopeful yet apprehensive.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We have taken some anticipatory measures and will not be affected by the new ruling.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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.
      • ‘The Plaintiff takes the position that there is an anticipatory breach of contract by the Defendant.’
      • ‘There is an alternative claim for damages for anticipatory breach of contract.’
      • ‘A constructive dismissal may arise by way of an anticipatory breach.’
      • ‘The assumption has to be made that, had there been no anticipatory breach, the defendant would have performed his legal obligation and no more.’
      • ‘Was he in anticipatory repudiatory breach in respect of the contracts in respect of vessels 3-6?’

Pronunciation

anticipatory

/anˈtɪsɪpəˌt(ə)ri/