1350–1400; Middle English < Latin expectant- (stem of expectāns), present participle of expectāre to expect; see -ant

expectantly, adverb
half-expectant, adjective
half-expectantly, adverb
nonexpectant, adjective
nonexpectantly, adverb
overexpectant, adjective
overexpectantly, adverb
preexpectant, noun
quasi-expectant, adjective
quasi-expectantly, adverb
unexpectant, adjective
unexpectantly, adverb
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expectant (ɪkˈspɛktənt)
1.  expecting, anticipating, or hopeful: an expectant glance
2.  having expectations, esp of possession of something or prosperity
3.  pregnant: an expectant mother
4.  a person who expects something
5.  obsolete a candidate for office, esp for ecclesiastical preferment

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., from O.Fr. expectant or directly from L. expectantem (nom. expectans), prp. of expectare (see expect). Related: Expectantly.
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expectant ex·pec·tant (ĭk-spěk'tənt)

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Example sentences
He gives a short speech from the stage and the audience pauses, expectant.
He stands and begins pacing, as the other expectant fathers do.
The swimmer lifts his towel to gain time, wondering about the strange,
  expectant trio that watches him.
The mood was expectant, spirits generally high, though not without a dampening
  note of ambivalence.
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