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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.


(Expectation), noun apprehension, divination, forecast, foreseeing, foresight, insight, intuition, preconception, prediction, prescience, presentiment, prolepsis, second sight


(Likelihood), noun contemplation, foreboding, forecast, hope, outlook, possibility, preconception, preoccupation, presumption, prevision, probability, prospect
Associated concepts: anticipation of income, anticipation of injuries
See also: advancement, expectation, forethought, likelihood, loan, outlook, possibility, precaution, preconception, preparation, presumption, probability, prospect

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.

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Client anticipations are important variables to understand (Galassi, Grace, Martin, & James, 1992; Galassi, Grace, Martin, James, & Wallace, 1992).
Given that there have been no studies to date on client anticipations about CACGs, it is appropriate to first provide a comprehensive examination of client anticipations about career counseling in general.
Galassi, Crace, Martin, James, and Wallace (1992) investigated the extent to which client preferences and actual anticipations about career counseling were congruent.
The appropriateness of client anticipations about how CACGs might be used in career problem solving should be examined in light of the actual capability of the CACG systems.
Brian's example illustrates another important feature of your multiple, fictional futures: Your anticipations don't have to be accurate to impact your behavior.
Only a few types of anticipations need to be accurate in order to be useful.
Clarify a personal value by answering this question: If you could have only one choice, would you rather have (a) all of your anticipations be accurate while you perform at a mediocre level, or (b) none of your anticipations be accurate while you perform at an audaciously high level?
The quality of his life is much richer than if his anticipations of his futures were limited to hoping that he'll prevent bedsores between now and 2002.
This clearly suggests that anticipation is not a function of the organism it is built in it and even on different levels.
Researchers categorized the anticipation from different points of view already.
I understand unconscious implicit anticipation as the behaviour that the creature was already equipped with either by nature (evolution) or creator (in artificial case) and which is also not voluntary controlled.
The anticipation brings into the projection another variable.