Anticipation definition

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An anticipating or being anticipated.
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The definition of anticipation is the state of being happy and excited about something upcoming.

An example of anticipation is when someone is thrilled and looking forward to going on a cruise for the first time.

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Anticipation is the action a person takes when thinking ahead about something in order to figure out how to handle it, or to stop it from happening.

An example of anticipation is when a husband pretends to be asleep, knowing his wife will come home drunk and want to start a fight with him.

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The eagerness associated with waiting for something to occur.

He waited with great anticipation for Christmas to arrive.

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Anticipation is the state of spending money before one has it.

An example of anticipation is the state of using a credit card and credit to pay for things.

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The act of anticipating, taking up, placing, or considering something beforehand, or before the proper time in natural order.

Often the anticipation of a shot is worse than the pain of the stick.

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(finance) Prepayment of a debt, generally in order to pay less interest.
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Anticipation means the state of being prepared for something upcoming.

An example of anticipation is when a political candidate is prepped for the questions they will be asked, and so they have time to plan and rehearse the answers.

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In music, anticipation is defined as a term for when a chord is played and one or two notes in the chord coming after it are played early, thus creating momentary dissonance.

An example of anticipation is when a violinist plays a note before the chord, and the effect is a moment of disagreeable sound.

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(rhetoric) Prolepsis.
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(music) A non-harmonic tone that is lower or higher than a note in the previous chord and a unison to a note in the next chord.
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(music) Introduction on a weak beat of one note of a new chord before the previous chord is resolved.
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The use or assignment of funds, especially from a trust fund, before they are legitimately available for use.
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Something anticipated or expected.
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Foreknowledge; presentiment.
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(law) The assignment or taking of income from a trust fund before it is due.
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(music) The sounding of a tone in advance of the chord to which the tone belongs.
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The act of expecting or foreseeing something; expectation or presentiment.
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An expectation.
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Action taken in order to prevent or counteract something.

The police department's anticipation of unruly behavior after the championship game prevented mayhem.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
anticipation
Plural:
anticipations

Origin of anticipation

  • From Latin anticipatio; compare with French anticipation.

    From Wiktionary