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[an-tis-uh-pey-tiv, -puh-tiv] /ænˈtɪs əˌpeɪ tɪv, -pə tɪv/
anticipating or tending to anticipate; expressing, revealing, or containing anticipation:
an anticipative action; an anticipative look.
Origin of anticipative
1655-65; anticipate + -ive
Related forms
anticipatively, adverb
nonanticipative, adjective
nonanticipatively, adverb
unanticipative, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He had left his seal-oil lamp burning and now it was with an anticipative chuckle of joy that he untied the drawstring.

    The New North Agnes Deans Cameron
  • We have seen the historical results of this mode of procedure in what is denominated the anticipative or Hypothetical Method.

  • The Mother thought she had never been so happy before in her life, and the ugly little beast yelped with anticipative joy.

    The Very Small Person Annie Hamilton Donnell
  • "Ho, ho," said Mr. Rugge, in hissing accents which had often thrilled the threepenny gallery with anticipative horror.

    What Will He Do With It, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • "It must have been that which he came to see me about last night," he said, with a sort of anticipative remorse.

    The Minister's Charge William Dean Howells
  • My mother shook her head in anticipative horror, and raised her finger reprovingly.

    Devereux, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Our very passions, when most agitated, are most anticipative.

    Pelham, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • "Coco toddy," muttered Tavu, half in alarm, half in anticipative ecstasy.

    In the Track of the Trades Lewis R. Freeman
  • Jubilation glowed in the witch's glance; anticipative relish of the flavour of triumph lent her voice a shriller note.

    Nobody Louis Joseph Vance
  • She assented with a ready, anticipative willingness; and I lifted softly the white covering.

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