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Definitions for expectant
ɪkˈspɛk təntex·pec·tant

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. anticipant, anticipative, expectantadjective

    marked by eager anticipation

    "an expectant hush"

  2. big(p), enceinte, expectant, gravid, great(p), large(p), heavy(p), with child(p)adjective

    in an advanced stage of pregnancy

    "was big with child"; "was great with child"


  1. expectantadjective

    marked by expectation

    An expectant hush before the performance.

  2. expectantadjective


    An expectant mother.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Expectantadjective

    Waiting in expectation.

    Etymology: French.

    Her majesty has offered concessions, in order to remove scruples raised in the mind of the expectant heir. Jonathan Swift.

  2. Expectantnoun

    One who waits in expectation of any thing; one held in dependance by his hopes.

    Etymology: from expect.

    They, vain expectants of the bridal hour,
    My stores in riotous expence devour. Alexander Pope, Odyssey, b. i.

    This treatise was agreeable to the sentiments of the whole nation, except of those gentlemen who had employments, or were expectants. Jonathan Swift, to Pope.


  1. expectant

    Expectant generally refers to having or showing an excited feeling that something is about to happen, especially something good or pleasant. It can also refer to being pregnant.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Expectantadjective

    waiting in expectation; looking for

  2. Expectantadjective

    waiting for the efforts of nature, with little active treatment

  3. Expectantnoun

    one who waits in expectation; one held in dependence by hope of receiving some good

  4. Etymology: [L.expectans, exspectans, p. pr. of expectare, exspectare: cf. F. expectant.]

Editors Contribution

  1. expectant

    waiting for results

    Submitted by anonymous on January 22, 2014  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of expectant in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of expectant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of expectant in a Sentence

  1. Yachiyo Ichihara:

    I'm really anxious, not expectant.

  2. Heather Bradley:

    I really just hope that a new mom or an expectant mom were to see a little girl in an ad that they would just have that sense of hope for their child, and that they would know that really there is a great future for them.

  3. Lee Gettler:

    Trust me, it is not especially easy to get expectant couples or new parents to participate in this type of research.

  4. Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards:

    This legislation will have devastating consequences for women across Ohio, john Kasich is proudly eliminating care for expectant mothers and newborns; he is leaving thousands without vital STD and HIV testing, slashing a program to fight domestic violence, and cutting access to essential, basic health care.

  5. Nancy Pelosi:

    They’re so consumed by their radical ideology, so disconnected from reality that even the pleas of expectant mothers and poisoned children fall on deafears, i like to always make the distinction between a reason and an excuse.

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