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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 ?
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.
Every passage of a ship of yesterday, whose yards were braced round eagerly the very moment the pilot, with his pockets full of letters, had got over the side, was like a race - a race against time, against an ideal standard of achievement outstripping the expectations of common men.
I am glad you show my letters round in the family, for I like them all to know what I am doing, and I can't write to every one, though I try to answer all reasonable expectations.
We do not, unless we are unusually reflective, think about the presence or absence of correlations: we merely have different feelings which, intellectualized, may be represented as expectations of the presence or absence of correlations.
The expectations of his friend Morland, therefore, from the first overrated, had ever since his introduction to Isabella been gradually increasing; and by merely adding twice as much for the grandeur of the moment, by doubling what he chose to think the amount of Mr.
And it's openly said that young Vincy has raised money on his expectations.
I had intended to write to Reginald myself as soon as my eyes would let me, to point out, as well as I could, the danger of an intimate acquaintance, with so artful a woman as Lady Susan, to a young man of his age, and high expectations.
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.
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.
Wragge; and believe me, in anxious expectation of hearing from you again,