expectancy

[ 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.

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Also ex·pect·ance.

Origin of expectancy

From the Medieval Latin word ex(s)pectantia, dating back to 1590–1600. See expectant, -ancy

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH expectancy

expectancy expectation
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British Dictionary definitions for expectancies

expectancy

expectance

/ (ɪkˈspɛktənsɪ) /

noun

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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