expectation




An expectation is a belief about what might happen in the future, like your expectation to stay close with your best friends your whole life.

The word expectation comes from the Latin word expectationem, meaning “an awaiting.” If you have great expectations, you think something good will come your way, but if keep your expectations low, you won’t risk being disappointed. Expectation can also describe something that is supposed to happen, like a teacher whose expectation is that everyone comes to class prepared.

Definitions of expectation
  1. noun

    belief about (or mental picture of) the future

    synonyms:
    outlook, prospect
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    hope, promise

    grounds for feeling hopeful about the future
    foretaste

    an early limited awareness of something yet to occur
    possibility

    a future prospect or potential
    anticipation, expectancy

    something expected (as on the basis of a norm)
    apprehension, misgiving

    painful expectation
    rainbow

    an illusory hope
    life expectancy

    an expected time to live as calculated on the basis of statistical probabilities
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    belief

    any cognitive content held as true

  2. noun

    the feeling that something is about to happen

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    anticipation, expectancy

    an expectation
    suspense

    excited anticipation of an approaching climax
    fever

    intense nervous anticipation
    hope

    a specific instance of feeling hopeful
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    feeling

    the experiencing of affective and emotional states

  3. noun

    anticipating with confidence of fulfillment

    synonyms:
    anticipation
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    hopefulness

    full of hope

  4. noun

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

    synonyms:
    arithmetic mean, expected value, first moment
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    mean, mean value

    an average of n numbers computed by adding some function of the numbers and dividing by some function of n

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