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or tending to ; expressing, revealing, or containing :
an anticipative action; an anticipative look.
Historical Examples

He had left his seal-oil lamp burning and now it was with an anticipative chuckle of joy that he untied the drawstring.
The New North Agnes Deans Cameron

We have seen the historical results of this mode of procedure in what is denominated the anticipative or Hypothetical Method.
Continental Monthly , Vol IV, Issue VI, December 1863 Various

The Mother thought she had never been so happy before in her life, and the ugly little beast yelped with anticipative joy.
The Very Small Person Annie Hamilton Donnell

“Ho, ho,” said Mr. Rugge, in hissing accents which had often thrilled the threepenny gallery with anticipative horror.
What Will He Do With It, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton

“It must have been that which he came to see me about last night,” he said, with a sort of anticipative remorse.
The Minister’s Charge William Dean Howells

My mother shook her head in anticipative horror, and raised her finger reprovingly.
Devereux, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Our very passions, when most agitated, are most anticipative.
Pelham, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton

“Coco toddy,” muttered Tavu, half in alarm, half in anticipative ecstasy.
In the Track of the Trades Lewis R. Freeman

Jubilation glowed in the witch’s glance; anticipative relish of the flavour of triumph lent her voice a shriller note.
Nobody Louis Joseph Vance

She assented with a ready, anticipative willingness; and I lifted softly the white covering.
Wilson’s Tales of the Borders and of Scotland Various


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