Definition of expectancy noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ɪkˈspektənsi//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈspektənsi//
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the state of expecting or hoping that something, especially something good or exciting, will happen There was an air of expectancy among the waiting crowd. see also life expectancy Word Originearly 17th cent.: from Latin exspectantia, from exspectare ‘look out for’, from ex- ‘out’ + spectare ‘to look’.
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