Definitions of expectation

  1. wishing with confidence of fulfillment
  2. the sum of the values of a random variable divided by the number of values
  3. belief about ( or mental picture of) the future
  4. the feeling that something is about to happen
  5. The act or state of expecting or looking forward to an event as about to happen.
  6. That which is expected or looked for.
  7. The prospect of the future; grounds upon which something excellent is expected to happen; prospect of anything good to come, esp. of property or rank.
  8. The value of any chance ( as the prospect of prize or property) which depends upon some contingent event. Expectations are computed for or against the occurrence of the event.
  9. The leaving of the disease principally to the efforts of nature to effect a cure.
  10. The act of looking forward to; anticipation; prospect of future advancement.
  11. The act of expecting or looking forward to an event as about to happen; as, " The same weakness of mind which indulges absurd expectations, produces petulance in disappointment."- Irving; the state of being expected or looked for; the state of being awaited; " Our preparation stands in expectation."- Shak.: that which is expected; the object of expectation; the expected Messiah; prospect of future good, as of possessions, wealth, and the like- usually in the plural; " My soul, wait thou only upon God, for my expectation is from him."- Ps. ixii. 5; " His magnificent expectations made him ... the best match in Europe."- Prescott: a state or qualities in a person which excite expectations in others of some future excellence; promise; " By all men's eyes a youth of expectation."- Otway: in med. the method of leaving a disease to the efforts of nature; or of waiting for farther development before treating it actively: the value of any prospect of prize or property depending upon the happening of some uncertain event, a sum of money in expectation upon a certain event having a determinate value before that event happens; if the chances of receiving or not receiving a hundred pounds when an event arrives are equal, then before the arrival of the event the expectation is worth half the money.
  12. The act of looking confidently for something future; expectancy.
  13. Something expected; a hopeful prospect, as of wealth; often plural.
  14. The act of expecting; the state of being expected; prospect of good to come; the object of expectation; promise; the treatment of disease without active remedies by anticipating and averting consequences physiologically. Expectation of life, the mean or average duration of human life after a specified age.
  15. The act of looking forward to; the state of expecting; the prospect of good to come; mean duration of life; value of a contingency.

Usage examples for expectation

  1. She, too, was waiting in expectation of receiving a letter, and no letter came. – Won from the Waves by W.H.G. Kingston
  2. The next moment, however, he saw how foolish any such expectation had been. – A Damsel in Distress by Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
  3. This expectation is sometimes stronger than it is at others; and, again, there are always those who say that the Golden Age is behind them. – The Complete Essays of C. D. Warner by Charles Dudley Warner
  4. Because you were in expectation of George's Letter and so waited? – Letters of John Keats to His Family and Friends by John Keats
  5. When, after long expectation the day arrived, Alec could not rest. – Alec Forbes of Howglen by George MacDonald
  6. The pathetic poem is not, like the lyric poem, a crystallised impression; it is not at the same time question and answer to itself; it is the expectation of an answer. – Ã‰mile Verhaeren by Stefan Zweig
  7. The general expectation was that he would be immediately placed at the head of affairs, and that all the other great officers of the state would be changed. – The History of England from the Accession of James II. Volume 1 (of 5) by Thomas Babington Macaulay
  8. It was also evident from their faces that most of them were in a state of eager expectation – The Greater Power by Harold Bindloss W. Herbert Dunton
  9. We came prepared, in expectation of just such an emergency. – This Crowded Earth by Robert Bloch
  10. That night they sat up rather later than usual, and Katrine was quite in a pleased state of expectation – A Girl of the Klondike by Victoria Cross
  11. " I have been waiting day after day, every hour in expectation of seeing you; but faith, when my eyes first fell on your figure I forgot the change that four years would have produced in you, and took you for a stranger. – Paddy Finn by W. H. G. Kingston
  12. He had accomplished what he had set out to accomplish, and contrary to Jim Weeks's expressed expectation – The Short Line War by Merwin-Webster
  13. " I hope not," answered Harry, and he expressed his expectation of being able to reach the shore in the morning. – Won from the Waves by W.H.G. Kingston
  14. She wrote to John Foster that while Napoleon's intervention in Italy overwhelmed her with joy it did not dazzle her into doubts as to the motive of it, but satisfied a patient expectation and fulfilled a logical inference. –  by
  15. During the last twenty- five years the impulse thus given has spread beyond all expectation – Introduction to the Study of History by Charles V. Langlois Charles Seignobos
  16. She took out a white handkerchief, at hand in expectation of what was to happen, and pressed it to her eyes. – The Complete PG Works of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (The Physician and Poet not the Jurist)
  17. They knew it, and had the patience of assured expectation – The Trumpeter Swan by Temple Bailey
  18. I still however hoped that from the top we should see some creek or other, but in this expectation we were also disappointed. – Expedition into Central Australia by Charles Sturt
  19. And the expectation was not an unreasonable one, had Mr. Jocelyn been able to work with persistent energy for a few years. – Without a Home by E. P. Roe
  20. One evening, after an interval of anxious expectation the farmer, returning from market brought for her two letters, of which the contents were these: Dotandcarryonetown, State of Apodidraskiana. – Crotchet-Castle by Peacock, Thomas Love