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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