[ ik-spek-tuh n-see ]
/ ɪkˈspɛk tən si /

noun, plural ex·pect·an·cies.

the quality or state of expecting; expectation; anticipatory belief or desire.
the state of being expected.
an object of expectation; something expected.

Nearby words

  1. expat,
  2. expatiate,
  3. expatriate,
  4. expatriation,
  5. expect,
  6. expectant,
  7. expectation,
  8. expectation of life,
  9. expectation sunday,
  10. expectation week

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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British Dictionary definitions for expectance



/ (ɪkˈspɛktənsɪ) /


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



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

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