verb (used with object)
- expectation of life,
- expectation sunday
Origin of expect
Examples from the Web for expectable
I wish to show this to be expected as in our case, and expectable previously to it.
Does not this process involve invention, in cases where the93 possible occasions are not of the ordinary and expectable kind?Invention|Bradley A. Fiske
Difficulties in Scripture were expectable for many reasons; I can only touch a few.
Instead of the expectable back yard, Marie Louise was startled to see a noble landscape leap into view.The Cup of Fury|Rupert Hughes
These all-cotton Chincha specimens have none of the expectable features.Chincha Plain-weave cloths|Lila M. O'Neale
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.