expectantly, adv.
/ik spek"teuhnt/, adj.
1. having expectations; expecting: an excited, expectant audience.
2. pregnant; expecting: an expectant mother.
3. characterized by expectations: an expectant attitude.
4. in expectation; expected; prospective: an expectant fortune.
5. a person who expects or who waits in expectation.
[1350-1400; ME < L expectant- (s. of expectans), prp. of expectare to EXPECT; see -ANT]

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