expectation

[ ek-spek-tey-shuhn ]
/ ˌɛk spɛkˈteɪ ʃən /

noun

Origin of expectation

1530–40; < Latin expectātiōn- (stem of expectātiō) an awaiting, equivalent to expectāt(us) (past participle of expectāre to expect) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
Can be confusedexpectancy expectation
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British Dictionary definitions for expectation

expectation

/ (ˌɛkspɛkˈteɪʃən) /

noun

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
statistics
  1. the numerical probability that an event will occur
  2. another term for expected value
Derived Formsexpectative (ɪkˈspɛktətɪv), adjective
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Word Origin and History for expectation

expectation


n.

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.

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