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[an-tis-uh-puh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ænˈtɪs ə pəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
of, showing, or expressing anticipation.
Origin of anticipatory
1660-70; anticipate + -ory1
Related forms
anticipatorily, adverb
nonanticipatorily, adverb
nonanticipatory, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • His versatility is not more remarkable than his anticipatory intuition for changes of public taste.
  • It appears that we'll get anticipatory effects in this decade and much stronger results in the next decade.
  • Nor are blinks in that setting occurring due to a conscious, anticipatory thought process.
  • But it sure illustrates another side of inside anticipatory trading.
  • Which incidentally is evidentiary of excessive promotion of anticipatory gains from positions relevant to this economic cycle.
  • Then the lights go down, and there is that vividly anticipatory silence before the dance begins.
  • The atmosphere at the station is grotesquely anticipatory, almost festive.
  • It can be an anticipatory response, a preemptive strike to prevent an infidelity that might occur.
Word Origin and History for anticipatory

1660s, from anticipate + -ory.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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