Definition of anticipation
1 a : a prior action that takes into account or forestalls a later action b : the act of looking forward; especially : pleasurable expectation
2 : the use of money before it is available
3 a : visualization of a future event or state b : an object or form that anticipates a later type
4 : the early sounding of one or more tones of a succeeding chord to form a temporary dissonance — compare suspension
Examples of anticipation in a sentence
She had a feeling of great anticipation before her graduation ceremony.
He looked forward to the party with anticipation.
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Synonym Discussion of anticipation
ANTICIPATION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of anticipation for English Language Learners
: a feeling of excitement about something that is going to happen
: the act of preparing for something
ANTICIPATION Defined for Kids
Definition of anticipation for Students
1 : excitement about something that's going to happen <She looked forward to the trip with anticipation.>
2 : the act of preparing for something
Medical Definition of anticipation
1: occurrence (as of a disease or symptom) before the normal or expected time
2: mental attitude that influences a later response
Legal Definition of anticipation
: the knowledge or use of an invention in the U.S. or the patenting or describing of the invention in a publication in the U.S. or a foreign country before the discovery by a patent applicant
Additional Notes on anticipation
Case law has established that every claim or element of a claim has to be disclosed in the prior art in order for a patent application to be barred by anticipation. If an application is amended to consist of claims not disclosed in the prior art, invalidation by anticipation can be avoided.
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