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 formsex·pec·ta·tion·al, adjectiveex·pec·ta·tion·ist, nouno·ver·ex·pec·ta·tion, nounpre·ex·pec·ta·tion, nounsu·per·ex·pec·ta·tion, noun
Can be confusedexpectancy expectation

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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
  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

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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