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Definitions of anticipation

  1. pleasurable expectation Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  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" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  4. The act of anticipating, taking up, placing, or considering something beforehand, or before the proper time in natural order. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Previous view or impression of what is to happen; instinctive prevision; foretaste; antepast; as, the anticipation of the joys of heaven. Webster Dictionary DB
  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. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. Act of anticipating: foretaste: previous notion: expectation. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  9. A previous notion; foretaste; forestalling. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  10. The act of anticipating; prevision; foretaste; expectation. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. The act of anticipating; foretaste; preconception; expectation; the occurrence of any affection before the usual time. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  12. The act of anticipating; prevention. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  13. ANTICIPATORY. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.

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
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