the act or the state of expecting: to wait in expectation.
the act or state of looking forward or anticipating.
an expectant mental attitude: a high pitch of expectation.
something expected; a thing looked forward to.
Often, expectations. a prospect of future good or profit: to have great expectations.
the degree of probability that something will occur: There is little expectation that he will come.
the state of being expected: a large sum of money in expectation.

1530–40; < Latin expectātiōn- (stem of expectātiō) an awaiting, equivalent to expectāt(us) (past participle of expectāre to expect) + -iōn- -ion

expectational, adjective
expectationist, noun
overexpectation, noun
preexpectation, noun
superexpectation, noun

expectancy, expectation.

2. expectancy, anticipation; hope, trust.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To expectations
World English Dictionary
expectation (ˌɛkspɛkˈteɪʃən)
1.  the act or state of expecting or the state of being expected
2.  (usually plural) something looked forward to, whether feared or hoped for: we have great expectations for his future; their worst expectations
3.  an attitude of expectancy or hope; anticipation: to regard something with expectation
4.  statistics
 a.  the numerical probability that an event will occur
 b.  another term for expected value

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Word Origin & History

1530s, from M.Fr. expectation or directly from L. expectationem (nom. expectatio) "anticipation," from expectare (see expect). Related: Expectations.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Example sentences
IT is fair to say that technology investors have high expectations about the
  future growth of companies in their portfolios.
Make sure the department's expectations for adjuncts are clear.
The new authorities are trying to lower people's expectations.
New study links expectations of rewards to placebo effect.
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature