expectancy

[ik-spek-tuh n-see]
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noun, plural ex·pect·an·cies.
  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.
Also ex·pect·ance.

Origin of expectancy

From the Medieval Latin word ex(s)pectantia, dating back to 1590–1600. See expectant, -ancy
Can be confusedexpectancy expectation
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Related Words for expectance

belief, expectancy, expectation, hope, likelihood, probability

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British Dictionary definitions for expectance

expectancy

expectance

noun
  1. something expected, esp on the basis of a norm or averagehis life expectancy was 30 years
  2. anticipation; expectation
  3. the prospect of a future interest or possession, esp in propertyan estate in expectancy
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Word Origin and History for expectance

expectancy

n.

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

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