- the act or the state of expecting: to wait in expectation.
- the act or state of looking forward or anticipating.
- an expectant mental attitude: a high pitch of expectation.
- something expected; a thing looked forward to.
- Often expectations. a prospect of future good or profit: to have great expectations.
- the degree of probability that something will occur: There is little expectation that he will come.
- Statistics. mathematical expectation.
- the state of being expected: a large sum of money in expectation.
Origin of expectation
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Examples from the Web for expectation
The loss of this “expectation” game began his decline and ultimate withdrawal from the race.The World’s Toughest Political Quiz
December 31, 2014
Their expectation was that her petition to have her passport returned might be honored.Let’s Free Stacey Addison, The Oregon Woman Jailed at the Ends of the Earth
October 30, 2014
Now, there are no cliffhangers, just an expectation from the audience that the blood will flow.Sex, Blood and Maroon 5: Pop Culture’s Wounds Run Deep
October 3, 2014
That expectation depends on galaxies merging from smaller chunks, and depleting some of their available star-making fuel.Some of the First Galaxies Were Big Babies
Matthew R. Francis
September 14, 2014
We've turned on the dime in terms of our expectation for them.Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows: Sept 14
September 14, 2014
She paused, with a look of expectation, as if she waited for my consenting answer.
And now, my dear, let me ask you, Have I come up to your expectation?
Mr. Bright, contrary to all expectation, became President of the Board of Trade.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
Every eye, in short, is upon you with the expectation of an example.
She lived by habit, by the punctual fulfillment of her expectation.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
- the act or state of expecting or the state of being expected
- (usually plural) something looked forward to, whether feared or hoped forwe have great expectations for his future; their worst expectations
- an attitude of expectancy or hope; anticipationto regard something with expectation
- the numerical probability that an event will occur
- another term for expected value
Word Origin and History for expectation
1530s, from Middle French expectation (14c.) or directly from Latin expectationem/exspectationem (nominative expectatio/exspectatio) "anticipation, an awaiting," noun of action from past participle stem of expectare/exspectare (see expect). Related: Expectations.