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
On the pile of railroad ties on the summer evening, he waited expectantly.
Our smartphones are always with us, waiting expectantly in our pockets or
He stood before us expectantly, radiating goodwill and helpfulness.
Johanna turned to me and raised her eyebrows expectantly.
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