Definitions for: Anticipation


[n] the act of predicting (as by reasoning about the future)
[n] something expected (as on the basis of a norm); "each of them had their own anticipations"; "an indicator of expectancy in development"
[n] pleasurable expectation
[n] some early entity whose type or style anticipates a later one; "there were many anticipations of Darwinian theory"; "the hour glass was an anticipation of the clock"
[n] wishing with confidence of fulfillment



Webster (1913) Definition: An*tic`i*pa"tion, n. [L. anticipatio: cf. F.
anticipation.]
1. The act of anticipating, taking up, placing, or
considering something beforehand, or before the proper
time in natural order.

So shall my anticipation prevent your discovery.
--Shak.

2. Previous view or impression of what is to happen;
instinctive prevision; foretaste; antepast; as, the
anticipation of the joys of heaven.

The happy anticipation of renewed existence in
company with the spirits of the just. --Thodey.

3. Hasty notion; intuitive preconception.

Many men give themselves up to the first
anticipations of their minds. --Locke.

4. (Mus.) The commencing of one or more tones of a chord with
or during the chord preceding, forming a momentary
discord.

Syn: Preoccupation; preclusion; foretaste; prelibation;
antepast; pregustation; preconception; expectation;
foresight; forethought.

Synonyms: expectancy, expectancy, expectation, prediction, prevision

See Also: abstract thought, adumbration, entity, expectation, expectation, fever, foreshadowing, hope, hopefulness, life expectancy, logical thinking, outlook, physical thing, prefiguration, prognostication, projection, prophecy, prospect, reasoning, suspense, vaticination

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