an·​tic·​i·​pa·​to·​ry | \ an-ˈti-sə-pə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce anticipatory (audio) \

Definition of anticipatory

: characterized by anticipation : anticipating took anticipatory measures to prevent floods

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couldn't control his anticipatory excitement on Christmas morning
Recent Examples on the Web The Utah product also displays football intelligence and anticipatory skills well beyond his years. John Owning, Dallas News, "Film room: Dallas Cowboys address pressing needs on defense, pick a tight end in our final 7-round mock draft," 20 Apr. 2020 On Christmas morning, my sister-in-law watched me open her gift, her face frozen in anticipatory excitement. Your Fat Friend, SELF, "I’m a Fat Activist and I Collect Vintage Diet Books," 3 Apr. 2020 Perhaps through taking back control in even the smallest way, our own fears and anxieties about the unknown can be lessened, and maybe even our anticipatory grief. Jessica Gold, Time, "It's Time to Get Serious About End-of-Life Care for High-Risk Coronavirus Patients," 30 Mar. 2020 So far in the United States, that’s meant the canceling of conferences like Facebook's F8, and anticipatory Costco raids by Covid-19 preppers. Brian Barrett, Wired, "How to Work From Home Without Losing Your Mind," 3 Mar. 2020 Digital assistants would be relational, context-aware, anticipatory, and boundary-less. Anabel Pasarow,, "Four Women In Tech On How Digital Voice Assistants Would Be Different If They Were Designed By Women," 28 Feb. 2020 Every time thick, dark rain clouds move over the deserts that surround Las Vegas, there's an anticipatory buzz. Luke Runyon, azcentral, "Climate change is making life hard for desert tortoises in the Southwest," 9 Feb. 2020 Living well in an unequal world means being haunted, at some level, by anticipatory loss. Paul Salopek, National Geographic, "Is the world becoming more violent?," 10 Jan. 2020 The live music, anticipatory countdown, and massive balloon drop are one of the greatest New Year’s Eve parties at-sea. Janice Wald Henderson, Condé Nast Traveler, "Five Great Holiday Cruises Worth Taking," 13 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of anticipatory

1669, in the meaning defined above

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“Anticipatory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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an·​tic·​i·​pa·​tory | \ an-ˈti-sə-pə-ˌtōr-ē How to pronounce anticipatory (audio) \

Legal Definition of anticipatory

: of or relating to a prior action that takes into account or forestalls a later action an anticipatory challenge brought for declaratory and injunctive relief— L. H. Tribe

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anticipatorily \ -​ˌti-​sə-​pə-​ˈtōr-​ə-​lē \ adverb

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