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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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Therefore, our aim was to clarify the influence of narcissistic leadership on employee silence, followed by a discussion of the mediating role of negative anticipations and the moderating role of LMX in this relationship.
We took the view that supervisor narcissism would promote the formation of subordinate negative anticipations. First, narcissistic supervisors generally have an exaggerated need for admiration (Rosenthal & Pittinsky, 2006), so they are unlikely to allow for views inconsistent with their own.
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development shares the same anticipations, Macedonia to mark the best result in the region.
New foreign investments and opening of new work places, continuing the positive trend of decreasing unemployment rate,, increased competitiveness and increased infrastructure investments--are part of the factors connected with the economic growth, which will mark 4.1 percent as shown in the newest anticipation of the National Bank of the Republic of Macedonia
This volume, Anticipations and Experiences in the Locality, explores conditions in the years leading up to the uprising (i.e., "anticipations") and various localized aspects.
The topic is quite comprehensive and is out of scope of a single article to describe all the 8 levels of my 8-factor anticipation design.
As an introduction I'd like to show few motivational examples to explain what I mean when I talk about levels of anticipation. The first example is taken from work of Mihai Nadin (Nadin, 2003).
Despite these outcomes, limited information has been reported regarding clients' anticipations about the ways in which CACGs might be used in their efforts to solve career problems.
Client anticipations are important variables to understand (Galassi, Grace, Martin, & James, 1992; Galassi, Grace, Martin, James, & Wallace, 1992).
Your strategic anticipations of positive futures do not automatically cause your anticipations to come true.
Paul Morrison's "Noble Deeds and Secret Singularity: Hamlet and Phedre" opens "Anticipations," the final section.
In the feature pages, actor Lorri Holt's vivid and intimate account of the development of David Edgar's Continental Divide finds California's Berkeley Repertory Theatre and its audiences in the throes of anticipation as the two-play political epic prepares to take the stage in November--coinciding, all too pertinently, with the state's media-bloated recall campaign.