of, showing, or expressing .
Contemporary Examples

After weeks of anticipatory gloom, liberals can exhale and smile.
Michael Tomasky on Obamacare’s Reversal of Fortune on the Supreme Court Michael Tomasky June 27, 2012

I suffered years of anticipatory grief, mostly in isolation.
My Mother’s Lifelong Mission—to End Her Life Christine W. Hartmann November 17, 2011

An anticipatory hush settled over the Columbia auditorium, bulbs flashing and cameras clicking.
Yoani Sánchez: It’s Not Easy Being a Cuban Blogger Laura Dimon March 14, 2013

Historical Examples

The rest of the group trailed behind with anticipatory grins.
The Wind Before the Dawn Dell H. Munger

The plainclothesmen looked at each other with anticipatory glee.
The Pirates of Ersatz Murray Leinster

The most vivid impressions of Americans have always been anticipatory.
Humanly Speaking Samuel McChord Crothers

Of all the anticipatory mourners, the most demonstrative was the sympathetic widow.
The Prodigal Father J. Storer Clouston

So far our discussion has emphasized the anticipatory character of the conscious stimulus.
Creative Intelligence John Dewey, Addison W. Moore, Harold Chapman Brown, George H. Mead, Boyd H. Bode, Henry Waldgrave, Stuart James, Hayden Tufts, Horace M. Kallen

“Hopeless is here used in a proleptic or anticipatory way” (Hales).
Select Poems of Thomas Gray Thomas Gray

With an anticipatory smile Stephen seated himself on the great leather divan beside the other boy.
Steve and the Steam Engine Sara Ware Bassett


1660s, from anticipate + -ory.


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