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expectation

[ek-spek-tey-shuh n] /ˌɛk spɛkˈteɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act or the state of expecting:
to wait in expectation.
2.
the act or state of looking forward or anticipating.
3.
an expectant mental attitude:
a high pitch of expectation.
4.
something expected; a thing looked forward to.
5.
Often, expectations. a prospect of future good or profit:
to have great expectations.
6.
the degree of probability that something will occur:
There is little expectation that he will come.
7.
8.
the state of being expected:
a large sum of money in expectation.
Origin
1530-1540
1530-40; < Latin expectātiōn- (stem of expectātiō) an awaiting, equivalent to expectāt(us) (past participle of expectāre to expect) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
expectational, adjective
expectationist, noun
overexpectation, noun
preexpectation, noun
superexpectation, noun
Can be confused
expectancy, expectation.
Synonyms
2. expectancy, anticipation; hope, trust.
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British Dictionary definitions for expectations

expectation

/ˌɛkspɛkˈteɪʃən/
noun
1.
the act or state of expecting or the state of being expected
2.
(usually pl) 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)
  1. the numerical probability that an event will occur
  2. another term for expected value
Derived Forms
expectative (ɪkˈspɛktətɪv) adjective
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Word Origin and History for expectations

expectation

n.

1530s, from Middle French expectation (14c.) or directly from Latin expectationem/exspectationem (nominative expectatio/exspectatio) "anticipation, an awaiting," noun of action from past participle stem of expectare/exspectare (see expect). Related: Expectations.

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