Definitions for expectationˌɛk spɛkˈteɪ ʃən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ex•pec•ta•tionˌɛk spɛkˈteɪ ʃən(n.)

  1. the act or the state of expecting; anticipation.

  2. something expected.

  3. Often, expectations. a prospect of future benefit or fortune:

    to have great expectations.

  4. the degree of probability that something will occur:

    There is little expectation that she will come.

  5. Category: Statistics

    Ref: mathematical expectation.

  6. the state of being expected.

Origin of expectation:

1530–40; < L

ex`pec•ta′tion•al(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. expectation, outlook, prospect(noun)

    belief about (or mental picture of) the future

  2. anticipation, expectation(noun)

    anticipating with confidence of fulfillment

  3. expectation(noun)

    the feeling that something is about to happen

  4. arithmetic mean, first moment, expectation, expected value(noun)

    the sum of the values of a random variable divided by the number of values

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. expectation(noun)ˌɛk spɛkˈteɪ ʃən

    a strong wish or desire for sth to happen

    We have high expectations of our children.

  2. expectationˌɛk spɛkˈteɪ ʃən

    to manage to do what sb hopes

    Nothing ever lives up to her expectations.

Wiktionary

  1. expectation(Noun)

    The act or state of expecting or looking forward to an event as about to happen.

  2. expectation(Noun)

    That which is expected or looked for.

  3. expectation(Noun)

    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.

  4. expectation(Noun)

    The value of any chance (as the prospect of prize or property) which depends upon some contingent event.

  5. expectation(Noun)

    The first moment; the long-run average value of a variable over many independent repetitions of an experiment.

  6. expectation(Noun)

    the arithmetic mean

  7. expectation(Noun)

    The leaving of a disease principally to the efforts of nature to effect a cure.

  8. Origin: From expectationem, from expectare.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Expectation(noun)

    the act or state of expecting or looking forward to an event as about to happen

  2. Expectation(noun)

    that which is expected or looked for

  3. Expectation(noun)

    the prospect of the future; grounds upon which something excellent is expected to happen; prospect of anything good to come, esp. of property or rank

  4. Expectation(noun)

    the value of any chance (as the prospect of prize or property) which depends upon some contingent event. Expectations are computed for or against the occurrence of the event

  5. Expectation(noun)

    the leaving of the disease principally to the efforts of nature to effect a cure

Freebase

  1. Expectation

    In the case of uncertainty, expectation is what is considered the most likely to happen. An expectation, which is a belief that is centered on the future, may or may not be realistic. A less advantageous result gives rise to the emotion of disappointment. If something happens that is not at all expected it is a surprise. An expectation about the behavior or performance of another person, expressed to that person, may have the nature of a strong request, or an order.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. expectation

    1. An optimistic feeling about an event that will never occur. 2. The secret of the persecution of the Jews, Christians and Mohammedans by one another. 3. The Goddess of Love. Synonyms: Tomorrow, next week, next year, next century, pretty soon--any imaginary space of time after the present moment.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'expectation' in Nouns Frequency: #996


Translations for expectation

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

expectation(noun)

the state of expecting

In expectation of a wage increase, he bought a washing-machine.

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