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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 ?
As minute after minute passed by, leaving them in undisturbed security, the insinuating feeling of hope was gradually gaining possession of every bosom, though each one felt reluctant to give utterance to expectations that the next moment might so fearfully destroy.
Whether this answer affected their courage, or not, I cannot tell; but, contrary to our expectations, they formed a scheme to deceive us, declaring it was their orders, from Governor Hamilton, to take us captives, and not to destroy us; but if nine of us would come out, and treat with them, they would immediatly withdraw their forces from our walls, and return home peaceably.
She was a booming lass of fresh eighteen; plump as a partridge; ripe and melting and rosy-cheeked as one of her father's peaches, and universally famed, not merely for her beauty, but her vast expectations.
Now, a nigger, you see, what's got to be hacked and tumbled round the world, and sold to Tom, and Dick, and the Lord knows who, 'tan't no kindness to be givin' on him notions and expectations, and bringin' on him up too well, for the rough and tumble comes all the harder on him arter.
If I could convince myself that I have any right to be satisfied with men as they are, and to treat them accordingly, and not according, in some respects, to my requisitions and expectations of what they and I ought to be, then, like a good Mussulman and fatalist, I should endeavor to be satisfied with things as they are, and say it is the will of God.
It is considered best to keep his expectations "on a string" until your stay in concluded.
In labors he has been most abundant; and his success in combating prejudice, in gaining proselytes, in agi- tating the public mind, has far surpassed the most sanguine expectations that were raised at the com- mencement of his brilliant career.
Nothing so easy as for a young lady to raise her expectations too high.
It was then that I knew her condition to be that of one in whom the first expectations of being a mother have arisen; and it was then that I lost the little hope I had had of her.
You have heard something, I des-say, of a change in my expectations, Master Copperfield, - I should say, Mister Copperfield?
And the communication I have got to make is, that he has great expectations.
Yet sweet Nancy might have been expected to feel still more keenly the denial of a blessing to which she had looked forward with all the varied expectations and preparations, solemn and prettily trivial, which fill the mind of a loving woman when she expects to become a mother.