Something expected is likely to happen: it's probable. During winter, snow is expected.

When you expect something, you anticipate that it will happen. As people age, they expect some grey hair. Things described as expected are things people know will probably happen. For football players, many injuries are expected. If you have a baby, many changes in your life are expected. For example, it’s expected that the baby will often cry, causing the parents to lose sleep. Expected things are the opposite of surprising things. No one is surprised by an expected event.

Definitions of expected
  1. adjective
    considered likely or probable to happen or arrive
    “prepared for the expected attack”
    anticipated, awaited, hoped-for
    expected hopefully
    scheduled to arrive
    to be expected
    expected or depended upon as a natural or logical outcome
    not causing surprise
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    not expected or anticipated
    unannounced, unheralded, unpredicted
    without warning or announcement
    out of the blue, unanticipated, unforeseen, unlooked-for
    not anticipated
    unhoped, unhoped-for, unthought, unthought-of
    so unexpected as to have not been imagined
    unprovided for
    not prepared or ready for
    used of an unexpected defeat of a team favored to win
    causing surprise or wonder or amazement
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