One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1In canon law: of or relating to the reversion of benefices.
2Having effect in the future.
3Characterized by waiting or anticipation; expectant.
1= expectative grace. Now historical.
2A thing that is confidently anticipated; an expectation.
Late 15th century. From post-classical Latin exspectativus, expectativus reversionary from classical Latin exspectāt-, past participial stem of exspectāre, expectāre + -īvus.
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