- Expectation is defined as believing that something is going to happen or believing that something should be a certain way.
- An example of expectation is a belief that you will be getting promoted.
- An example of expectation is a belief that you should behave as a proper lady or gentleman.
expectation definition by Webster's New World
- a looking forward to; anticipation
- a looking for as due, proper, or necessary
- a thing looked forward to
- a reason or warrant for looking forward to something; prospect for the future, as of advancement or prosperity
- the probability of the occurrence, duration, etc. of something, esp. as indicated by statistics
Origin: Classical Latin expectatio ; from past participle of expectare: see expect
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- expectative adjective
expectation definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. The act of expecting.b. Eager anticipation: eyes shining with expectation.
- The state of being expected.
- a. Something expected: a result that did not live up to expectations.b. expectations Prospects, especially of success or gain.
- Statistics a. The expected value of a random variable.b. The mean of a random variable.
- exˌpec·taˈtion·al adjective