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.
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.

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

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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