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The performance of an act or obligation before it is legally due. In patent law, the publication of the existence of an invention that has already been patented or has a patent pending, which are grounds for denying a patent to an invention that has substantially the same structure and function as the earlier invention.

In the law of Negligence, anticipation refers to the knowledge that there is a reasonable probability that the consequences of particular conduct of one individual will result in injury to others.

The anticipation of an invention also occurs if the later invention is merely an Adaptation of an earlier patent, which would be obvious to a skilled person who need only exercise some mechanical skill to develop the same adaptation.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

ANTICIPATION. The act of doing or taking a thing before its proper time.
     2. In deeds of trust there is frequently a provision that the income of the estate shall be paid by the trustee as it shall accrue, and not by way of anticipation. A payment made contrary to such provision would not be considered as a discharge of the trustee.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Release date- 06082019 - Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) assigns a short-term rating of K1+ to the State of Texas Tax and Revenue Anticipation Notes, Series 2019.
Also, it has upgraded European government bonds to 'overweight.' The company said that the move comes in anticipation of a dovish shift in policy from the European Central Bank (ECB).
This means that instead of burning an extra 500 calories from this exercise, it'd be as if they burnt 350 calories, as they consumed 150 calories in anticipation already.
You're missing the crucial Anticipation of the jump.
Shareholders of Emaar Properties have been buying into the stock in anticipation of a dividend payout.
In the morning, the benchmark KSE-100 index opened on a positive note, but it came under selling pressure near midday, which was mainly sparked by anticipation of escalation of tensions between Pakistan and its eastern neighbour India.
Minister Machnouk urged Lassen to declare a state of emergency within the international institutions concerned with the displaced Syrians in Lebanon, to follow up on their disastrous situation following the recent storm and in anticipation of the next one, especially in the camps of the Bekaa.
Anticipation factor 5/5 DISNEY REMAKES MARCH 29, MAY 24 & JULY 19 THE Mouse House are treating us to a trio of updated animated adventures.
Traders said a host of factors affected yesterday's performance including anticipation of third quarter economic performance which may be slower-than-expected.
In anticipation of Luban, the competent authorities in Dhofar are working to gradually raise the level of preparedness, in connection with the situation and developments in the next few hours and days.
Summary: Washington DC, [ANI] Aug 12 (ANI): Hollywood actor Idris Elba may have fuelled anticipation of playing the next James Bond.