expectation expectation  /ˌɛk spɛk ˈteɪ ʃən/


  1. (n) belief about (or mental picture of) the future
  2. (n) anticipating with confidence of fulfillment
  3. (n) the feeling that something is about to happen
  4. (n) the sum of the values of a random variable divided by the number of values


  1. In an extraordinary new book, photographer Dawoud Bey photographs and talks with American teenagers, creating a diverse group portrait of a generation that defies our expectations.
  2. The personalities and expectations all lined up well the cat purred, the children cooed.
  3. Meaning that all stimulus policy both fiscal and monetary policies will affect only price now from the current expectation.


  1. The Force not always with Star Wars

    Since I expressed displeasure last month with Star Wars and the cultural expectation that we know and care all about it, I've received a steady stream of letters offering critiques of my viewpoint, although "critique" may be too delicate a word for some of the sentiments expressed therein.        
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Chicago Tribune

  2. Campbell working to gain Titans' trust

    The Titans pumped up Tommie Campbell at this time last year, setting an expectation that he could well start opposite Jason McCourty or at least be an outside cornerback in the nickel package. But when the season rolled around, he was nowhere to be found unless you were watching him on special teams. A year later, he’s drawing raves in the spring again. They seem to have more heft this time ...
    on June 13, 2013     Source: ESPN Blogs

  3. BioDelivery Maintains Expectation To File BUNAVAIL NDA In Mid-summer 2013

    BioDelivery Maintains Expectation To File BUNAVAIL NDA In Mid-summer 2013
    on June 10, 2013     Source: Nasdaq


  1. "Kevin has assembled the players on this team, and believes in their talent and skill level," Taylor said. "It is my expectation that Kevin will be able to get the most out of our team and our players in his new role as head coach."
    on Dec 8, 2008 By: Glen Taylor Source: USA Today

  2. "My expectation is that when you look back on these years you will look back and see a time when we put a stop against discrimination ...... whether in the office or the battlefield," Obama said.
    on Oct 10, 2009 By: Barack Obama Source: USA Today

  3. "Our citizens are weary and tired and have spent a lot of money evacuating from Gustav," said Ray Nagin, the mayor of New Orleans. "My expectation this time is it will be very difficult to move the kind of numbers out of this city that we...
    on Sep 7, 2008 By: Ray Nagin Source: guardian.co.uk

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