verb (used with object)
Origin of expect
Synonyms for expect
Examples from the Web for expectable
Historical Examples of expectable
These all-cotton Chincha specimens have none of the expectable features.Chincha Plain-weave cloths
Lila M. O'Neale
Instead of the expectable back yard, Marie Louise was startled to see a noble landscape leap into view.The Cup of Fury
Difficulties in Scripture were expectable for many reasons; I can only touch a few.
Does not this process involve invention, in cases where the93 possible occasions are not of the ordinary and expectable kind?Invention
Bradley A. Fiske
I wish to show this to be expected as in our case, and expectable previously to it.
verb (tr; may take a clause as object or an infinitive)
Word Origin for expect
1550s, "wait, defer action," from Latin expectare/exspectare "await, look out for, desire, hope," from ex- "thoroughly" (see ex-) + spectare "to look," frequentative of specere "to look at" (see scope (n.1)).
Figurative sense of "anticipate, look forward to" developed in Latin, attested in English from c.1600. Used since 1817 as a euphemism for "be pregnant." Related: Expected; expecting.
see when least expected.