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expectancy

[ik-spek-tuh n-see] /ɪkˈspɛk tən si/
noun, plural expectancies.
1.
the quality or state of expecting; expectation; anticipatory belief or desire.
2.
the state of being expected.
3.
an object of expectation; something expected.
Origin of expectancy
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Medieval Latin ex(s)pectantia. See expectant, -ancy
Can be confused
expectancy, expectation.
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British Dictionary definitions for expectancy

expectancy

/ɪkˈspɛktənsɪ/
noun
1.
something expected, esp on the basis of a norm or average: his life expectancy was 30 years
2.
anticipation; expectation
3.
the prospect of a future interest or possession, esp in property: an estate in expectancy
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Word Origin and History for expectancy
n.

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

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