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or expectance

[ik-spek-tuh n-see] /ɪkˈspɛk tən si/
noun, plural expectancies.
the quality or state of expecting; expectation; anticipatory belief or desire.
the state of being expected.
an object of expectation; something expected.
Origin of expectancy
1590-1600; < Medieval Latin ex(s)pectantia. See expectant, -ancy
Can be confused
expectancy, expectation. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for expectancy
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  • The real thing that touched her through everything was expectancy.

    The Beach of Dreams H. De Vere Stacpoole
  • Otto and Pussy had taken their seats, full of excitement and expectancy.

    Rico and Wiseli Johanna Spyri
  • The atmosphere of the Church is that of expectancy, of reverent waiting for further revelation of the Divine will and purpose.

  • All that forenoon, the little house throbbed with a curious sense of expectancy.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • If there is no expectancy, the physician must be careful not to arouse it by over-solicitous anxiety in the matter.

    Psychotherapy James J. Walsh
  • And so through Maria Angelina's days ran a fever of expectancy.

    The Innocent Adventuress Mary Hastings Bradley
  • While they appeared to be happiness during the expectancy of desire, they are not approved as such in later reflection.

    Ethics John Dewey and James Hayden Tufts
  • About the Phipps' home hung now the atmosphere of expectancy.

    Galusha the Magnificent Joseph C. Lincoln
  • They even train horses to run from one given point to another in expectancy of caravans.

  • “Very simple,” said Richling, with an unpleasant look of expectancy.

    Dr. Sevier George W. Cable
British Dictionary definitions for expectancy


something expected, esp on the basis of a norm or average: his life expectancy was 30 years
anticipation; expectation
the prospect of a future interest or possession, esp in property: an estate in expectancy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for expectancy

1590s, from Latin expectantia (see expectant) + -ancy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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