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ex·pec·ta·tion

 (ĕk′spĕk-tā′shən)
n.
1.
a. The act of expecting.
b. Eager anticipation: eyes shining with expectation.
2. The state of being expected.
3.
a. Something expected: a result that did not live up to expectations.
b. expectations Prospects, especially of success or gain.
4. Statistics
a. The expected value of a random variable.
b. The mean of a random variable.

ex′pec·ta′tion·al adj.

expectation

(ˌɛkspɛkˈteɪʃən)
n
1. the act or state of expecting or the state of being expected
2. (usually plural) something looked forward to, whether feared or hoped for: we have great expectations for his future; their worst expectations.
3. an attitude of expectancy or hope; anticipation: to regard something with expectation.
4. (Statistics) statistics
a. the numerical probability that an event will occur
b. another term for expected value
expectative adj

ex•pec•ta•tion

(ˌɛk 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.
6. the state of being expected.
[1530–40; < Latin]
ex`pec•ta′tion•al, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.expectation - belief about (or mental picture of) the futureexpectation - belief about (or mental picture of) the future
belief - any cognitive content held as true
promise, hope - grounds for feeling hopeful about the future; "there is little or no promise that he will recover"
foretaste - an early limited awareness of something yet to occur
possibility - a future prospect or potential; "this room has great possibilities"
anticipation, expectancy - something expected (as on the basis of a norm); "each of them had their own anticipations"; "an indicator of expectancy in development"
misgiving, apprehension - painful expectation
2.expectation - anticipating with confidence of fulfillmentexpectation - anticipating with confidence of fulfillment
hopefulness - full of hope
3.expectation - the feeling that something is about to happen
feeling - the experiencing of affective and emotional states; "she had a feeling of euphoria"; "he had terrible feelings of guilt"; "I disliked him and the feeling was mutual"
anticipation, expectancy - an expectation
4.expectation - the sum of the values of a random variable divided by the number of valuesexpectation - the sum of the values of a random variable divided by the number of values
statistics - a branch of applied mathematics concerned with the collection and interpretation of quantitative data and the use of probability theory to estimate population parameters
mean, mean value - an average of n numbers computed by adding some function of the numbers and dividing by some function of n

expectation

noun
3. requirement, demand, want, wish, insistence, reliance Sometimes people have unreasonable expectations of the medical profession.
Quotations
"Blessed is the man who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed" [Alexander Pope letter to Fortescue]

expectation

noun
1. The condition of looking forward to something, especially with eagerness:
2. Something expected:
Translations
تَوَقُّع، تَرَقُّبشَيء مُتَوَقَّع
očekávání
forhåbningforventning
odotus
eftirvæntingvon, vænting
pričakovanje

expectation

[ˌekspekˈteɪʃən] N
1. (= state) → expectación f
in expectation ofen espera de, previendo
2. (= hope) → expectativa f, esperanza f
against or contrary to all expectation(s)en contra de todos los pronósticos or todas las expectativas
it didn't live up to our expectationsno estuvo a la altura de lo que esperábamos
the holiday didn't come up to my expectationslas vacaciones no resultaron tan buenas como me esperaba
the response exceeded all our expectationsla respuesta sobrepasó todas nuestras expectativas
to fall below one's expectationsno llegar a lo que se esperaba

expectation

[ˌɛkspɛkˈteɪʃən]
nattente f
in expectation of → dans l'attente de, en prévision de
in the expectation that → pour le cas
against to all expectation, contrary to all expectation → contre toute attente, contrairement à ce qu'on attendait
my expectation is that ... → selon mes prévisions, ... expectations
npl (= hopes) → espérances fpl
to live up to sb's expectations, to come up to sb's expectations → se montrer à la hauteur des espérances de qn
beyond one's expectations → au-delà de ses espérances

expectation

n
(= act of expecting)Erwartung f; in expectation ofin Erwartung (+gen); in the confident expectation of an easy victoryfest mit einem leichten Sieg rechnend
(= that expected)Erwartung f; against or contrary to all expectation(s)wider Erwarten; to exceed all expectation(s)alle Erwartungen übertreffen; to come up to somebody’s expectationsjds Erwartungen (dat)entsprechen
(= prospect)Aussicht f
expectation of lifeLebenserwartung f

expectation

[ˌɛkspɛkˈteɪʃn] nattesa, aspettativa
there is little expectation of sunshine today → ci sono poche speranze che venga fuori il sole oggi
in expectation of → in previsione di
against or contrary to all expectation(s) → contro ogni aspettativa
to come or live up to sb's expectations → rispondere alle aspettative di qn
beyond (all) expectation → al di là di ogni aspettativa

expect

(ikˈspekt) verb
1. to think of as likely to happen or come. I'm expecting a letter today; We expect her on tomorrow's train.
2. to think or believe (that something will happen). He expects to be home tomorrow; I expect that he will go; `Will she go too?' `I expect so' / `I don't expect so' / `I expect not.'
3. to require. They expect high wages for their professional work; You are expected to tidy your own room.
4. to suppose or assume. I expect (that) you're tired.
exˈpectancy noun
the state of expecting or hoping. a feeling/look/air of expectancy.
exˈpectant adjective
1. full of hope or expectation. the expectant faces of the audience.
2. expecting (a baby). an expectant mother.
exˈpectantly adverb
ˌexpecˈtation (ekspek-) noun
1. the state of expecting. In expectation of a wage increase, he bought a washing-machine.
2. what is expected. He failed his exam, contrary to expectation(s); Did the concert come up to your expectations?
References in classic literature ?
On Professor Bumper's face there was, plainly to be seen, a look of expectation, and it seemed to be shared by Mr.
A long, breathless silence succeeded, during which each looked at the others in fearful expectation of hearing the sound repeated.
Christie turned away, relapsing into her old resigned manner, and assuming her household duties in a quiet, temporizing way that was, however, without hope or expectation.
Individuals whose affairs have reached an utterly desperate crisis almost invariably keep themselves alive with hopes, so much the more airily magnificent as they have the less of solid matter within their grasp whereof to mould any judicious and moderate expectation of good.
In fact, if not exactly a believer in the doctrine of the efficiency of the extra good works of saints, he really seemed somehow or other to fancy that his wife had piety and benevolence enough for two--to indulge a shadowy expectation of getting into heaven through her superabundance of qualities to which he made no particular pretension.
So, against expectation, my acquaintance was the victor.
Contrary to expectation, Miss Jane, who the evening before felt better than Miranda, grew worse in the night, and was wholly unable to leave her bed in the morning.
The style of the letter was much above her expectation.
In seasons of cheerfulness, no temper could be more cheerful than hers, or possess, in a greater degree, that sanguine expectation of happiness which is happiness itself.
Rochester's voice or step in the house to-day; but surely I shall see him before night: I feared the meeting in the morning; now I desire it, because expectation has been so long baffled that it is grown impatient.
Wragge; and believe me, in anxious expectation of hearing from you again,
All he can do is to inform his captain of what is going on so that he may try to remedy it by a counter-mine, and then stand his ground in fear and expectation of the moment when he will fly up to the clouds without wings and descend into the deep against his will.