adj. Waiting in expectation; looking for; dependent on a contingency. (Med.) waiting for the efforts of nature, with little active treatment. Expectant estate (Law), an estate in expectancy. See under Expectancy.
- n. One who waits in expectation; one held in dependence by hope of receiving some good. Having relation to, or depending upon something; this word is frequently used in connection with fee, as fee expectant.