anticipatory anticipatory  /æn ˈtɪ sə pə ˌtɔ ri/


  • (adj) in anticipation


  1. When the stars are Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez and the film is Gigli, the anticipatory mood can quickly sour from must-see to buzz-saw.
  2. He gets a puzzle ticking in your head with a thick carpet of clouds, then allows you an anticipatory shudder at an eerie lightning storm.
  3. He immediately goes still, a tableau of anticipatory machismo.


  • AEG exec feared Jackson would sabotage tour

    AEG Live executives feared Michael Jackson would sabotage his comeback concerts five days before his death, the company's CEO testified Thursday. Randy Phillips refused to advance money to help Jackson pay his staff because he believed the singer was "in an anticipatory breach" of his contract because he had missed rehearsals, he testified. Phillips testified in the sixth week of the trial to ...
    on June 7, 2013     Source: KSAT San Antonio


  1. "I'm very surprised we are down to the level that we are," Mr Wright said. "I wouldn't read too much into it, I wouldn't be surprised if there is a fair proportion of short-selling and anticipatory selling looking at potential capital issue."
    on Dec 10, 2008 By: Peter Wright Source: Melbourne Herald Sun

  2. Mr Howard, announcing his workplace changes in Melbourne, said it was "anticipatory reassurance rather than a direct response to clear evidence of abuse".
    on May 4, 2007 By: John Howard Source: Sydney Morning Herald

  3. "He throws early; he doesn't throw hard, which he is a great anticipatory thrower from that standpoint," Childress said. "I think that's the thing that makes him good. He understands his scheme. Heavy emphasis on Eastern Illinois though."
    on Oct 20, 2007 By: Brad Childress Source:

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