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

adj 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
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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