A woman looks out a window with some expectancy.
expectancy definition by Webster's New World
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noun pl. expectancies
- an expecting or being expected; expectation
- that which is expected, esp. on a statistical basis: life expectancy
Origin: Midieval Latin expectantia ; from Classical Latin expectans: see expectant
expectancy definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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noun pl. ex·pec·tan·cies
- The act or state of expecting; expectation: Tense with expectancy, I waited for my name to be called.
- The state of being expected.
- Something expected.
- An expected amount calculated on the basis of actuarial data: a life expectancy of 70 years.
expectancy - Legal Definition
The expectation that an heir or legatee will acquire property at another’s death; of real estate, a remainder or reversion.