Definition of expectation in English:

expectation

noun

  • 1A strong belief that something will happen or be the case in the future.

    ‘reality had not lived up to expectations’
    ‘an expectation that the government will provide the resources’
    ‘he drilled his men in expectation of a Prussian advance’
    • ‘With this belief comes the expectation that a booming economy will beget social progress.’
    • ‘Investors also sold shares in the expectation that demand for steel may slow in line with falling auto production.’
    • ‘This created an expectation that the war would be long, ferocious and severe.’
    • ‘Simply to build as many houses as possible in the expectation that prices will fall significantly in the near future will not solve the problem.’
    • ‘We tend to pay our taxes in the expectation that it will be utilized for the betterment of the world we live in.’
    • ‘There is an expectation that parents will not be able to cope without external support from a raft of experts and professionals.’
    • ‘There was an expectation that interest rates might go down, but certainly not up.’
    • ‘There is an expectation that there will be a reduction in staff numbers in the UK.’
    • ‘Worse still is the expectation that conditions are certain to deteriorate in the coming weeks.’
    • ‘The judge said none of the detainees had a reasonable expectation of privacy during the tribunals.’
    • ‘Why should the police have a higher expectation of privacy than anyone else?’
    • ‘You sit down and have an expectation that you are going to receive good visual information.’
    • ‘Most Australians have grown up with an expectation that a hard day's work will reap its rewards.’
    • ‘It is our expectation that the government will increase tuition fees.’
    • ‘As a result, most have insured against compensation claims in the expectation that legal problems will become more frequent.’
    • ‘To date it has announced that 1,600 jobs are to be axed but there is an expectation that more will follow.’
    • ‘On the New Year, many people wear new outfits with the expectation that the coming year will bring them prosperity.’
    • ‘A homeowner who plants a mango tree does so with the expectation that mangoes will be reaped.’
    • ‘They may simply sit tight in the expectation that the club's growth will continue and the value of their stake will rise further.’
    • ‘Society gives you the expectation that once your children have left home, it's ‘your time’.’
    anticipation, expectancy, eagerness, hope, hopefulness
    supposition, assumption, belief, presupposition, presumption, conjecture, surmise, reckoning, calculation, prediction, forecast, projection
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    1. 1.1 A belief that someone will or should achieve something.
      ‘students had high expectations for their future’
      • ‘Surprisingly, our low expectations of him have been confounded by his strong leadership’
      • ‘They have exceeded all expectations and have achieved a level of perfection rarely seen before.’
      • ‘But initially the shock of defeat was at least partly compensated by the newly awakened great expectations for the future.’
      • ‘High expectations are set for student learning, whether in classrooms or other learning contexts.’
      • ‘I think we have really surpassed even our own expectations in this regard.’
      • ‘This is an expectation that few people can be expected to live up to.’
      • ‘Parents' expectations for their high school children's science performance were also compared among the three cultural groups.’
      • ‘When you set a world record at the age of only 12, expectations for the future become correspondingly high.’
      • ‘Yet the longer they spend in education, it seems, the lower people's expectations of these students seems to fall.’
      • ‘In fact, the low expectations for the president could even turn out to be a hidden advantage.’
      • ‘In addition, it may exacerbate already powerful societal pressures on children to fulfill unrealistic parental expectations.’
      • ‘At this stage, feelings of acute vulnerability may alternate with great expectations of success.’
      • ‘He couldn't have lived up to the expectation that has been thrust upon him.’
      • ‘The changing status of women has given them greater confidence, higher expectations and new ways of being.’
      • ‘Equally they can look forward to the future with confidence and high expectations.’
      • ‘It just means that he got a shot at leading and didn't fulfill the expectation that you had for him.’
      • ‘Politicians have most of our aspirations pinned on them, with low expectations they will deliver.’
      • ‘He has lived up to lofty expectations.’
      • ‘There are major problems with this approach, in terms of what it says about our low expectations of children.’
      • ‘The weaker pupils, in particular, did their best to achieve his expectation of them.’
      supposition, assumption, belief, presupposition, presumption, conjecture, surmise, reckoning, calculation, prediction, forecast, projection
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    2. 1.2expectationsarchaic One's prospects of inheritance.
      • ‘It's insanity to worry about some heir's expectations.’
      • ‘O yes: I have what are called expectations!’
      • ‘The book will help anyone with ‘expectations’, modest or exceptional, avoid potential pitfalls.’
      • ‘Then you must know that I have a devilish rich uncle in the East Indies, Sir Oliver Surface, from whom I have the greatest expectations.’
      • ‘Adopting the language of restitution leads to the return of unjust enrichment, while estoppel enables the son to receive his expectations.’
      prospects, prospects of inheritance, hopes, outlook, lookout
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    3. 1.3Mathematics
      another term for expected value
      • ‘The mathematical expectation of any bet is defined as follows: the sum of all possible gains and losses multiplied by their relative probabilities.’
      • ‘This is equal to 8.5, and is called the expectation of the action in question.’
      • ‘This is one of the fundamental reasons why ‘staking systems’ don't work: a series of negative expectation bets must have negative expectation.’
      • ‘The same expectation is obtained by either method.’

Pronunciation

expectation

/ˌekspekˈtāSH(ə)n/