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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 ?
but from what the report of their engagement could originate, Elizabeth was at a loss to imagine; till she recollected that his being the intimate friend of Bingley, and her being the sister of Jane, was enough, at a time when the expectation of one wedding made every body eager for another, to supply the idea.
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.
There are, if I am not mistaken, at least three different kinds of belief-feeling, which we may call respectively memory, expectation and bare assent.
But these objections had all, with that happy ardour of youth which Marianne and her mother equally shared, been overcome or overlooked; and Elinor, in spite of every occasional doubt of Willoughby's constancy, could not witness the rapture of delightful expectation which filled the whole soul and beamed in the eyes of Marianne, without feeling how blank was her own prospect, how cheerless her own state of mind in the comparison, and how gladly she would engage in the solicitude of Marianne's situation to have the same animating object in view, the same possibility of hope.
The affrighted Catherine, amidst all the terrors of expectation, as she listened to this account, could not but rejoice in the kind caution with which Henry had saved her from the necessity of a conscientious rejection, by engaging her faith before he mentioned the subject; and as he proceeded to give the particulars, and explain the motives of his father's conduct, her feelings soon hardened into even a triumphant delight.
His dull expectation of the usual disagreeable routine with an aged patient--who can hardly believe that medicine would not "set him up" if the doctor were only clever enough--added to his general disbelief in Middlemarch charms, made a doubly effective background to this vision of Rosamond, whom old Featherstone made haste ostentatiously to introduce as his niece, though he had never thought it worth while to speak of Mary Garth in that light.
Wragge; and believe me, in anxious expectation of hearing from you again,
If our expectation of advantage be tempered in this way, we may succeed in accomplishing the essential part of our schemes.
On Professor Bumper's face there was, plainly to be seen, a look of expectation, and it seemed to be shared by Mr.
The assiduous merchant, the laborious husbandman, the active mechanic, and the industrious manufacturer, -- all orders of men, look forward with eager expectation and growing alacrity to this pleasing reward of their toils.
And the communication I have got to make is, that he has great expectations.
When they had dragged the nets to the shore they found but few fish: the nets were full of sand and stones, and the men were beyond measure cast downso much at the disappointment which had befallen them, but because they had formed such very different expectations.