Definition of expectative in English:

expectative

adjective

  • 1In canon law: of or relating to the reversion of benefices.

  • 2Having effect in the future.

  • 3Characterized by waiting or anticipation; expectant.

noun

  • 1= expectative grace. Now historical.

  • 2A thing that is confidently anticipated; an expectation.

Origin

Late 15th century. From post-classical Latin exspectativus, expectativus reversionary from classical Latin exspectāt-, past participial stem of exspectāre, expectāre + -īvus.

Pronunciation

expectative

/ɪkˈspɛktətɪv//ɛkˈspɛktətɪv/