Definition for AN-TIC-I-PA'TION


  1. The act of taking up, placing, or considering something before the proper time, in natural order; prevention.
  2. Foretaste; previous view or impression of what is to happen afterward; as, the anticipation of the joys of heaven. The happy anticipation of a renewed existence in company with the spirits of the just. – Thodey.
  3. Previous notion; preconceived opinion, produced in the mind, before the truth is known; slight previous impression.
  4. The attack of a fever before the usual time. – Coxe.
  5. In music, the obtrusion of a chord upon a syncopated note, to which it forms a discord. – Busby.

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