Definitions of anticipation

  1. pleasurable expectation
  2. 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"
  3. 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"
  4. The act of anticipating, taking up, placing, or considering something beforehand, or before the proper time in natural order.
  5. Previous view or impression of what is to happen; instinctive prevision; foretaste; antepast; as, the anticipation of the joys of heaven.
  6. 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.)
  7. The act of taking beforehand; expectation: hope: foresight.
  8. Act of anticipating: foretaste: previous notion: expectation.
  9. A previous notion; foretaste; forestalling.
  10. The act of anticipating; prevision; foretaste; expectation.
  11. The act of anticipating; foretaste; preconception; expectation; the occurrence of any affection before the usual time.
  12. The act of anticipating; prevention.
  13. ANTICIPATORY.
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