Meaning of EXPECTATION in English


— expectational , adj. — expectationist , n.

/ek'spek tay"sheuhn/ , n.

1. the act or the state of expecting: to wait in expectation.

2. the act or state of looking forward or anticipating.

3. an expectant mental attitude: a high pitch of expectation.

4. something expected; a thing looked forward to.

5. Often, expectations . a prospect of future good or profit: to have great expectations.

6. the degree of probability that something will occur: There is little expectation that he will come.

7. Statistics. See mathematical expectation .

8. the state of being expected: a large sum of money in expectation.

[ 1530-40; expectation- (s. of expectatio ) an awaiting, equiv. to expectat ( us ) (ptp. of expectare to EXPECT) + -ion- -ION ]

Syn. 2. expectancy, anticipation; hope, trust.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .