Expectation definition

ĕkspĕk-tāshən
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A looking forward to; anticipation.
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The probability of the occurrence, duration, etc. of something, esp. as indicated by statistics.
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A thing looked forward to.
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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.

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The prospect of the future; grounds upon which something excellent is expected to occur; prospect of anything good to come, especially of property or rank.
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(medicine, rare) The leaving of a disease principally to the efforts of nature to effect a cure.
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The act or state of expecting or looking forward to an event as about to happen.
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The state of being expected.
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The act of expecting.
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Prospects, especially of success or gain.
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That which is expected or looked for.
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Eager anticipation.

Eyes shining with expectation.

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Something expected.

A result that did not live up to expectations.

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The expected value of a random variable.
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The mean of a random variable.
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A looking for as due, proper, or necessary.
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The value of any chance (as the prospect of prize or property) which depends upon some contingent event.
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(statistics) The first moment; the long-run average value of a variable over many independent repetitions of an experiment.
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A reason or warrant for looking forward to something; prospect for the future, as of advancement or prosperity.
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(colloquial statistics) The arithmetic mean.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
expectation
Plural:
expectations

Origin of expectation

  • From Middle French expectation, from Latin expectatio, expectationem, from expectare.

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