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
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First Known Use of anticipatory

1669, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of anticipatory was in 1669

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“Anticipatory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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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

Other Words from anticipatory

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

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Nglish: Translation of anticipatory for Spanish Speakers


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