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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Expectance That which is expected, or looked or waited for with interest; the object of expectation or hope. "The expectancy and rose of the fair state."
    • Expectance The act of expecting; expectation.
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Additional illustrations & photos:

One of the mishaps to be expected One of the mishaps to be expected
Do you expect me to send the Sergeant-at-Arms Do you expect me to send the Sergeant-at-Arms
The "Expectant" Costume The "Expectant" Costume

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The life expectancy of a $100 bill is nine years
    • n expectance The act or state of expecting; anticipatory belief or desire.
    • n expectance Something on which expectations or hopes are founded; the object of expectation or hope.
    • n expectance Same as expectative, 2.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: During his lifetime Paganini published only five compisitions. He didn't expect anybody to be able to play them, and at that time nobody could.
    • ns Expectance act or state of expecting: that which is expected: hope
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  • Zig Ziglar
    “You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Experience is what you get when you were expecting something else.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Experience is often what you get when you were expecting something else.”
  • Nelson Boswell
    Nelson Boswell
    “Here is the simple but powerful rule... always give people more than they expect to get.”
  • Frederick Hudson Ecker
    Frederick Hudson Ecker
    “Facts are the most important thing in business. Study facts and do more than is expected of you.”
  • Chinese Proverb
    Chinese Proverb
    “All people are your relatives, therefore expect only trouble from them.”


Meet your expectations - If something doesn't meet your expectations, it means that it wasn't as good as you had thought it was going to be; a disappointment.
What can you expect from a hog but a grunt? - (USA) This means that you can't expect people to behave in a way that is not in their character- a 'hog' is a 'pig', so an unrefined person can't be expected to behave in a refined way.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. exspectāre, -ātumex, out, spectāre, to look, freq. of specĕre, to see.


In literature:

Perhaps you expect to see his chains and a straw of his bed in the cell?
"The Eternal City" by Hall Caine
I expected he would have given it to me the other day.
"A Final Reckoning" by G. A. Henty
I expect she would have, too.
"Torchy and Vee" by Sewell Ford
I expect you might have loaded the lot on a push cart.
"Torchy As A Pa" by Sewell Ford
I expect the pond will be empty by this time.
"Tom, Dick and Harry" by Talbot Baines Reed
That with Algiers affords no expectation.
"The Writings of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
Friend of yours too, I expect?
"Shorty McCabe on the Job" by Sewell Ford
As he had expected, no one was there.
"Roger Ingleton, Minor" by Talbot Baines Reed
No, I expect it'll be a schoolhouse fellow.
"The Willoughby Captains" by Talbot Baines Reed
Not that I expect any thanks.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett

In poetry:

And so beareth he his brethren,
All his treasures, all his children,
Wildly shouting, to the bosom
Of his long-expectant sire.
"Mahomet's Song" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
He saw the pitchers, high upturned,
Their last red drops outpour;
His mother's cheek with triumph burned,
And expectation wore.
"The Mother Mary" by George MacDonald
Expectantly I stand beside the door. I raise
The hanging mat. I,
The letter folded, gaze out
And see shadows of the passers-by.
"Young Girl: Annam" by Padraic Colum
Dip down upon the northern shore,
O sweet new-year, delaying long;
Thou doest expectant Nature wrong,
Delaying long, delay no more.
"LXXXIII: Spring" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
Whose wood this is I think I know:
He made it sacred long ago:
He will expect me, far or near
To watch that wood immense with snow.
"Now He Knows All There Is To Know. Now He Is Acquainted With The Day And Night" by Delmore Schwartz
Blessed Redeemer, how divine,
How righteous is this rule of thine!
"To do to all men just the same
As we expect or wish from them."
"Hymn 38 part 2" by Isaac Watts

In news:

Britain's dominant pay-TV group BSkyB expects to see a short-term impact on its margins from the higher than expected cost to buy Premier League soccer rights, its finance officer said.
Spending on direct mail is expected to increase again in 2011, and retail is one of the vertical markets expected to drive this growth.
Don't be expecting much from 'Expecting'.
Microsoft has set expectations on the Surface unit in a number of ways (such as pricing, which I discussed yesterday), but the expectation generated with consumers does not seem to be matching up with reality.
"It's one thing to be the underdog and not have expectations , but it's another when there are expectations ," he said as the Gators (47-18) prepared for their CWS opener against South Carolina (45-17) on Saturday.
Despite every bookstore in the world having special sections for pregnancy planning, it is still difficult to truly know what to expect when you're expecting.
You don't typically go into a production of Hamlet expecting to spend the evening laughing, but then again, Faction of Fools isn't afraid to defy expectations.
What to expect when you can no longer expect.
Scotts Miracle- Gro (SMG) announced Tuesday that it expects to fall short of its prior fiscal-year guidance due to lower-than-expected US sales.
Workman Publishing made its name telling women "What to Expect When You're Expecting".
The budget operates off of expectations of revenue, which, in this case, didn't materialize as expected in the case of Prop 172 funds.
Hodgson expects tougher Poland test Posted: Oct 14, 2012 England manager Roy Hodgson says he expects a tougher test against Poland on Tue.
With US age-specific proportional cancer mortality for White males as a standard, the observed/ expected ratio of leukæmia deaths was 5.62 (6 observed, 1.1 expected) among the 146 former nuclear workers.
Overall, almost 86 percent of rated schools statewide met or exceeded expectations, with 68 schools receiving an accountability index rating of significantly exceeds expectations.
Americans can expect crowded highways and stuffed planes this Christmas holiday, travel analysts predicted Thursday, although only a few more people are expected on the road and fewer will be flying than last year.

In science:

The expected degree of any vertex is at most max κ < ∞, so the expected number of edges with at least one bad endpoint is o(n).
The phase transition in inhomogeneous random graphs
Note that for each fixed length i, there are only a few cycles of length i (the expected number is O(1)), and whp they are all rainbow, so we would expect no explanation of variance to be caused by the numbers of intrinsically differently coloured short cycles.
Rainbow Hamilton cycles in random regular graphs
We also prove a uniform exponential tail bound for the ratio of the expected total occupation time of a valley and the expected local time at its bottom.
Valleys and the maximum local time for random walk in random environment
Furthermore, we define in (4.1) the effective width of a valley as the ratio of the expected total occupation time of the valley and the expected local time at its bottom, and prove a uniform exponential tail bound (4.28) for the effective width of valleys.
Valleys and the maximum local time for random walk in random environment
Denote by E (T1 , T2) the expected payoff for player I at this stage in the game, assuming that both players play optimally with the goal of maximizing expected payoff.
Random-Turn Hex and other selection games