Expectations

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Pronunciation

  • Noun

\ˌek-ˌspek-ˈtā-shən, ik-\

  • Date: 1540

Definitions

  • 1 : the act or state of expecting : anticipation <in expectation of what would happen>
  • 2 a : something expected <not up to expectations> <expectations for an economic recovery>
b : basis for expecting : assurance <they have every expectation of success>
c : prospects of inheritance —usually used in plural
  • 3 : the state of being expected
  • 4 a : expectancy
b : expected value
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Description

In the case of uncertainty, expectation is what is considered the most likely to happen. An expectation, which is a belief that is centred on the future, may or may not be realistic. A less advantageous result gives rise to the emotion of disappointment. If something happens that is not at all expected it is a surprise. An expectation about the behavior or performance of another person, expressed to that person, may have the nature of a strong request, or an order.