Definitions of anticipation

  1. wishing with confidence of fulfillment
  2. pleasurable expectation
  3. 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"
  4. some early entity whose or style anticipates a later one; " there were many anticipations of Darwinian theory"; " the hour glass was an anticipation of the clock"
  5. The act of anticipating, taking up, placing, or considering something beforehand, or before the proper time in natural order.
  6. Previous view or impression of what is to happen; instinctive prevision; foretaste; antepast; as, the anticipation of the joys of heaven.
  7. In patent law, a situation in which an invention is " anticipated" by being too similar to an earlier invention to be considered novel. Because novelty is a requirement for a patent, anticipated inventions are not patentable. Anticipation can occur when a prior invention or printed publication matches all of the primary characteristics of the invention, or it can happen when the invention is displayed or offered for sale more than a year prior to filing a patent application. For example, a bird owner invents a device to keep her bird from picking at its tail feathers. She applies for a patent, but her application is rejected on the ground that the same device was in use 3500 years ago in Egypt. In patent- speak, the inventor's creation has been anticipated by previous developments ( the prior art.)
  8. The act of taking beforehand; expectation: hope: foresight.
  9. Act of anticipating: foretaste: previous notion: expectation.
  11. A previous notion; foretaste; forestalling.
  12. The act of anticipating; prevision; foretaste; expectation.
  13. The act of anticipating; foretaste; preconception; expectation; the occurrence of any affection before the usual time.
  14. The act of anticipating; prevention.

Usage examples for anticipation

  1. She was going to give the drawing to Elizabeth; in fact, she had begun it several days ago with joyous anticipation of this happy happening. – The Iron Woman by Margaret Deland
  2. I know not how or why, but a certain painful anticipation of some misfortune has been hanging over my mind ever since you went out. – Eastern Tales by Many Story Tellers by Various
  3. There was little enough in his life to encourage hopeful anticipation. – The Law-Breakers by Ridgwell Cullum
  4. If it be indeed true, that there is " more pleasure in anticipation than in reality," the war- news we find in our excellent morning journals should give us more pleasure than one poor pen can express. – The Orpheus C. Kerr Papers. Series 3 by Robert H. Newell
  5. 139. The anticipation of sense- perception consists in the principle that 'In all phenomena, the real, which is an object of sensation, has intensive magnitude, i. – Kant's Theory of Knowledge by Harold Arthur Prichard
  6. In one she recognized the eager and excited face of George Tryon, flushed with anticipation of their meeting, and yet grave with uncertainty of his reception. – The House Behind the Cedars by Charles W. Chesnutt
  7. They went in together, and while her father closed the doors and put down the windows in anticipation of the coming rain, Miranda lighted her lamp in the kitchen and went softly up- stairs. – Clover and Blue Grass by Eliza Calvert Hall
  8. Early the next morning we were stirring, in anticipation of an attack; but until noon there was nothing but skirmishing in our vicinity. – A Narrative of Service with the Third Wisconsin Infantry by Julian Wisner Hinkley
  9. We shall soon know, she added, a note of hungry anticipation in her voice. – The Vision of Desire by Margaret Pedler
  10. He had mounted above the first joy and surprise and anticipation. – The Adventures of Bobby Orde by Stewart Edward White
  11. They were kept awake by the memory of the sufferings they had endured in the desert, but more by the anticipation of liberty, which they believed to be now near. – The Boy Slaves by Mayne Reid
  12. But even in August one thought, one joyous anticipation, filled every heart. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  13. To this letter the Emperor made reply in the following terms: Sir and Son,- You have bitter enemies, I do not dispute it; but you must try to endure them without vexation in anticipation of the yet more brilliant crown that shall be yours hereafter. – The Legend of the Glorious Adventures of Tyl Ulenspiegel in the land of Flanders and elsewhere by Charles de Coster
  14. The lips carried a half- smile of anticipation. – The White Desert by Courtney Ryley Cooper
  15. Religion is, by anticipation, divine justice. – The Village Rector by Honore de Balzac
  16. Half the pleasure of a thing lies in anticipation, and surprises rob one of that. – A Monk of Cruta by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  17. It is splendid to have a pleasure to look forward to; so we should like to prolong the feeling of anticipation. – Letters of a Javanese Princess by Raden Adjeng Kartini Commentator: Louis Couperus
  18. Pleasure could not be regarded as a sufficient or perfect good if it was entirely emptied of the purely intellectual elements of anticipation and consciousness and memory. – A Short History of Greek Philosophy by John Marshall
  19. " An intelligent anticipation," said Villon, nodding thoughtfully. – The Justice of the King by Hamilton Drummond