- 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
Synonyms for expectation
- 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
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.