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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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In the past period, several international financial institutions published their anticipations and all have similar conclusion.
As an introduction I'd like to show few motivational examples to explain what I mean when I talk about levels of anticipation.
The magistrate judge applied the because of test to determine whether the memos were created in anticipation of litigation.
In sustaining Yum's appeal, the Sixth Circuit followed Adlman II in defining documents prepared "in anticipation of litigation" as "prepared or obtained because of the prospect of litigation" and found that the work-product doctrine protected the two memoranda because the taxpayer established, based on surrounding facts and circumstances in addition to the substance of the documents themselves, that the documents were prepared in anticipation of litigation.
Parce que c'est une technique de recherche rarement utilisee, l'evaluation de l'incidence du vote par anticipation doit se faire avec circonspection.
Re-Proportioning Equity/Debt Ratios--Whether or not an owner is able to "cash out" of a deal, the introduction of new equity capital can still allow the owner to lower total debt (or convert floating rate debt to fixed rate debt) in anticipation of a potentially higher interest rate environment.
As a transition it raises for the hearer the opposing emotions of anticipation and fear.
Noting that the registration proposal was a partial response to the high error rates associated with Earned Income Tax Credit claims and consumer protection concerns with refund anticipation loans, the AICPA instead recommended enacting legislation that directly attacks the fraud, negligence and abuses committed by some preparers with respect to the EITC.
And Jackson Hewitt Tax Service signed an agreement late last year with Rent-A-Center, so that people can buy used furniture with a refund anticipation loan, she said.
Refund anticipation loans are short-term loans given to taxpayers that will be repaid with the refunds from tax returns prepared by Block.
For Analysis, an example of a free response anticipation was "Give me a better understanding of my personality" (n = 3).