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expectation


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Expectation  \Ex`pec*ta"tion\n.  [L.  expectio  exspectio:  cf  F. 
  expectation.] 
  1.  The  act  or  state  of  expecting  or  looking  forward  to  an 
  event  as  about  to  happen.  ``In  expectation  of  a  guest.'' 
  --Tennyson. 
 
  My  soul,  wait  thou  only  upon  God,  for  my  expectation 
  is  from  him  --Ps.  lxii.  5. 
 
  2.  That  which  is  expected  or  looked  for 
 
  Why  our  great  expectation  should  be  called  The  seed 
  of  woman.  --Milton. 
 
  3.  The  prospect  of  the  future;  grounds  upon  which  something 
  excellent  is  expected  to  happen;  prospect  of  anything  good 
  to  come  esp.  of  property  or  rank. 
 
  His  magnificent  expectations  made  him  in  the 
  opinion  of  the  world,  the  best  match  in  Europe. 
  --Prescott. 
 
  By  all  men's  eyes  a  youth  of  expectation.  --Otway. 
 
  4.  The  value  of  any  chance  (as  the  prospect  of  prize  or 
  property)  which  depends  upon  some  contingent  event. 
  Expectations  are  computed  for  or  against  the  occurrence  of 
  the  event. 
 
  5.  (Med.)  The  leaving  of  the  disease  principally  to  the 
  efforts  of  nature  to  effect  a  cure. 
 
  {Expectation  of  life},  the  mean  or  average  duration  of  the 
  life  individuals  after  any  specified  age. 
 
  Syn:  Anticipation;  confidence;  trust. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  expectation 
  n  1:  belief  about  (or  mental  picture  of)  the  future  [syn:  {outlook}, 
  {prospect}] 
  2:  wishing  with  confidence  of  fulfillment  [syn:  {anticipation}] 
  3:  the  feeling  that  something  is  about  to  happen 
  4:  the  sum  of  the  values  of  a  random  variable  divided  by  the 
  number  of  values  [syn:  {arithmetic  mean},  {first  moment}, 
  {expected  value}] 




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