anticipatory

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adjective an·tic·i·pa·to·ry \an-ˈti-sə-pə-ˌtȯr-ē\

Definition of anticipatory

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

Examples of anticipatory in a Sentence

  1. couldn't control his anticipatory excitement on Christmas morning

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First Known Use of anticipatory

1669


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anticipatory

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adjective an·tic·i·pa·tory \an-ˈti-sə-pə-ˌtōr-ē\

Legal Definition of anticipatory

  1. :  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

anticipatorily

\-ˌti-sə-pə-ˈtōr-ə-lē\ adverb


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