anticipation

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From Latin anticipatio; compare with French anticipation.

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anticipation (plural anticipations)

  1. 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.
  2. The eagerness associated with waiting for something to occur.
    He waited with great anticipation for Christmas to arrive.
    • Thodey
      The happy anticipation of renewed existence in company with the spirits of the just.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 8, The Celebrity:
      The humor of my proposition appealed more strongly to Miss Trevor than I had looked for, and from that time forward she became her old self again; [] . Now she had come to look upon the matter in its true proportions, and her anticipation of a possible chance of teaching him a lesson was a pleasure to behold.
  3. (finance) Prepayment of a debt, generally in order to pay less interest.
  4. (rhetoric) Prolepsis.
  5. (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.
  6. (obsolete) Hasty notion; intuitive preconception.
    • John Locke (1632-1705)
      Many men give themselves up to the first anticipations of their minds.

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anticipation f (plural anticipations)

  1. anticipation