[ ek-spek-tey-shuhn ]
/ ˌɛk spɛkˈteɪ ʃən /
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.
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Origin of expectation
ex·pec·ta·tion·al, adjectiveex·pec·ta·tion·ist, nouno·ver·ex·pec·ta·tion, nounpre·ex·pec·ta·tion, noun
Can be confusedexpectancy expectation
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British Dictionary definitions for expectational
/ (ˌɛkspɛkˈteɪʃən) /
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
Derived Formsexpectative (ɪkˈspɛktətɪv), adjective
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