Definition of Expectant

1. Adjective. Marked by eager anticipation. "An expectant hush"

Exact synonyms: Anticipant, Anticipative
Similar to: Hopeful
Derivative terms: Anticipant, Anticipate, Expect, Expect, Expectancy

2. Adjective. In an advanced stage of pregnancy. "Was great with child"
Exact synonyms: Big, Enceinte, Gravid, Great, Heavy, Large, With Child
Similar to: Pregnant
Derivative terms: Expect, Expect, Gravidity, Gravidness, Largeness

Definition of Expectant

1. a. Waiting in expectation; looking for

2. n. One who waits in expectation; one held in dependence by hope of receiving some good.

Definition of Expectant

1. Adjective. marked by expectation ¹

2. Adjective. pregnant ¹

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Definition of Expectant

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Medical Definition of Expectant

1. Waiting in expectation; looking for; waiting for the efforts of nature, with little active treatment. Expectant estate, an estate in expectancy. See Expectancy. Origin: L.expectans, exspectans, Of expectare, exspectare: cf. F. Expectant. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Expectant

expect the unexpected
expectant (current term)
expectation neurosis
expectation of life
expectative grace
expected date of confinement
expected value

Literary usage of Expectant

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Treatise on the Law of Personal Property by James Schouler (1896)
"General Doctrine of Interests; Immediate or expectant. — Blackstone lays it down that estates, with respect to the time of enjoyment, are either in ..."

2. The Critical Review, Or, Annals of Literature by Tobias George Smollett (1803)
"If ' expectant medicine' be not openly professed, it is frequently ... Yet physicians have ofien been of the expectant class without being aware of it: when ..."

3. The Transfer Tax Law of the State of New York: Being Sections 220 to 245 by George Washington McElroy (1909)
"Taxing expectant Estates at Their Full Un diminished Value, etc. ... Inadvertently, doubtless, this provision respecting the taxability of expectant estates ..."

4. Prideaux's Precedents in Conveyancing: With Dissertations on Its Law and by Frederick Prideaux, John Whitcombe (1889)
"CONVEYANCE OF REVERSION expectant ON LEASE TO LESSEE. Parties. Recito lease. That lessee has signified his desire to purchase. Witnessing part. ..."

5. The Law of Contracts by William Herbert Page (1919)
"442. see Attitude of Public Policy Towards 5 Stephens v. Ozbourne, 107 Tenn. the Contract of Heirs expectant and 572, 80 Am. St. Rep. 957, 64 SW 902. ..."

6. United States Supreme Court Reportsby Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1882)
"It was analogous to other cases of fraudulent and hard bargains made with expectant heirs, and other persons standing in peculiar relations, rendering them ..."

7. Commentaries on the Law of Contracts: Being a Consideration of the Nature William Frederick Elliott by William Frederick Elliott (1913)
"Contracts with expectant heirs, and the like.—Unjust contracts of this character are termed "catching bargains" and are defined as the purchase by means of ..."

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