expectation

Definitions

  • What Dad Expected of Me in the Way Of Amusement 230
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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n expectation belief about (or mental picture of) the future
    • n expectation the sum of the values of a random variable divided by the number of values
    • n expectation the feeling that something is about to happen
    • n expectation anticipating with confidence of fulfillment
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Additional illustrations & photos:

EXPECTATION EXPECTATION
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
"HE EXPECTED THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN MORE TO SEE." "HE EXPECTED THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN MORE TO SEE."

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The life expectancy of a $100 bill is nine years
    • Expectation That which is expected or looked for. "Why our great expectation should be called
      The seed of woman."
    • Expectation The act or state of expecting or looking forward to an event as about to happen. "In expectation of a guest.""My soul, wait thou only upon God, for my expectation is from him."
    • Expectation (Med) The leaving of the disease principally to the efforts of nature to effect a cure.
    • Expectation 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.""By all men's eyes a youth of expectation ."
    • Expectation 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The average life expectancy of an ant is about 90 days
    • n expectation The act or state of waiting or awaiting with confident anticipation.
    • n expectation The act or state of expecting; a looking forward to an event as about to happen; belief in the occurrence of something hereafter.
    • n expectation That which is expected; what is anticipated or looked forward to.
    • n expectation Prospect of future good, as of possessions, honors, advancement, and the like: usually in the plural.
    • n expectation A state or qualities in a person which excite anticipation in others of some future excellence; promise.
    • n expectation In medicine, same as expectant method (which see, under expectant).
    • n expectation In the theory of probabilities, the present value of contingent future gain. It is equal to the value to be gained multiplied by the probability of gaining it. No account is taken of interest, as not being germane to the problems usually treated.
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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 Expectation act or state of expecting: prospect of future good: that which is expected: the ground or qualities for anticipating future benefits or excellence: promise: the value of something expected:
    • ns Expectation (pl.) prospect of fortune or profit by a will
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Quotations

  • John Ruskin
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    “When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.”
  • Jack Kinder
    Jack Kinder
    “High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation.”
  • Joe Paterno
    Joe Paterno
    “Act like you expect to get into the end zone.”
  • Francis Bacon
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    “They that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils.”
  • Edward Everett Hale
    Edward Everett Hale
    “Never bear more than one kind of trouble at a time. Some people bear three kinds; all they have had, all they have now, and all they expect to have.”
  • Edward Everett Hale
    Edward Everett Hale
    “Some people bear three kinds of trouble -- the ones they've had, the ones they have, and the ones they expect to have.”

Idioms

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.
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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.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. expectio,. exspectio,: cf. F. expectation,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. exspectāre, -ātumex, out, spectāre, to look, freq. of specĕre, to see.

Usage

In literature:

Politeness not to be expected from him.
"Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
He knew whom she expected, and thought it would give her some satisfaction to quarrel with the fellow.
"Lister's Great Adventure" by Harold Bindloss
But leaving the matter to her choice, after she knew what would have been mine, she made me not the expected compliment.
"Clarissa, Volume 4 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
We found this plan to answer expectation.
"Personal Memoirs Of A Residence Of Thirty Years With The Indian Tribes On The American Frontiers" by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft
We answer, if it had been, we might expect some such intimation.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus" by American Anti-Slavery Society
I am glad to hear thy tedious expectations are at last answered.
"Clarissa, Volume 6 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
He has gone out for a little stroll while he smokes his cigar, and I expect him home every minute.
"Fenton's Quest" by M. E. Braddon
He was constantly expected to capture St. Louis.
"Camp-Fire and Cotton-Field" by Thomas W. Knox
I expected so much and I had expected it so long.
"The Precipice" by Elia Wilkinson Peattie
For two or three days we had been in a constant state of nervous expectancy.
"Who Goes There?" by Blackwood Ketcham Benson
The Government, expecting much from the intervention of the European Powers, did nothing to press the advantage already gained.
"Stonewall Jackson And The American Civil War" by G. F. R. Henderson
Not only that, but he expects me to receive it in the same way.
"Mr. Scarborough's Family" by Anthony Trollope
She in fact was expecting a man, and in expecting him she had nothing to be ashamed of.
"The Roll-Call" by Arnold Bennett
She was expecting to be one any one would be expecting to have taken what she was expecting to take.
"Matisse Picasso and Gertrude Stein" by Gertrude Stein
That will be the next thing I expect.
"Verner's Pride" by Mrs. Henry Wood
You can only expect trouble when you kick against authority.
"Long Odds" by Harold Bindloss
He stood a moment, waiting on the threshold and peering into the gloom; and seemed to expect to be attacked.
"Historical Romances: Under the Red Robe, Count Hannibal, A Gentleman of France" by Stanley J. Weyman
Besides, as he does not expect us, he is not likely to have invited any person curious to speak to me.
"The Memoirs of Jacques Casanova de Seingalt, Vol. II (of VI), "To Paris and Prison" The First Complete and Unabridged English Translation, Illustrated with Old Engravings" by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
After her father's death she married a well-to-do and respectable man, and I expect you will be pleased with the entertainment.
"The Memoirs of Jacques Casanova de Seingalt, Vol. VI (of VI), "Spanish Passions" The First Complete and Unabridged English Translation, Illustrated with Old Engravings" by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
Mr. Rymer would prosecute me in turn, I expect, if I did.
"Johnny Ludlow, Second Series" by Mrs. Henry Wood
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In poetry:

But we parted with a sadder mien
And hands were clasped more kindly then,
For each one knew where death had been
We might expect him o'er again.
"Forty Years After" by John Marchborn Cooley
When Sam were informed of his sentence
Surprise, rooted him to the spot.
'Twas much worse than he had expected,
He thought as he'd only be shot.
"Sam's Christmas Pudding" by Marriott Edgar
Yea, Thou mayst quench the latest spark
Of life's weird day's expectancy,
Roll down the thunders of the dark
And close the light of life for me;
"The Last Prayer" by William Wilfred Campbell
"Julia, thy bridal vest prepare;
Thy heavenly spouse expects thee; rise!"
The abbess cried.—"Oh, stay awhile,"
Julia with broken tones replies.
"Julia, or the Convent of St. Claire" by Amelia Opie
To salute me in the dwelling
That of late
I had hired to waste a while in —
Vague of date,
Quaint, and remote — wherein I now expectant sate;
"The Re-Enactment" by Thomas Hardy
" My eye, my eye!" says Capting Nye,
"I didn't expect that there,
That a full sized whale would stand on his tail
And turn nine flips in the air."
"What Ho! She Blows!" by Wallace Irwin

In news:

Consumers fail to measure up to economists' expectations.
The market had been expecting a loss of about €1.8 billion.
Jim Harbaugh is expected back at the team facility today, a 49ers spokesman said.
Albany city commissioners got good news from local airport officials Tuesday after the FAA issued a $500,000 annual payment to the airport earlier than expected.
If you go, expect about a 50 percent chance of a sighting on any particular day.
Job Growth, Albeit Slow Growth, Expected in Fourth Quarter.
Painting on Paper is exactly what we've come to expect from The Morgan Library: a precisely calibrated exhibition centered on a finite aesthetic compass, a specialist's delight that nonetheless has tangible pleasures to offer the layman.
Chicago cabbies are expected at city hall Tuesday to argue for their first fare increase in seven years, but they may have to wait a bit longer.
When ordering the rib-eye burger at Congregation Ale House, don't expect anything massively portioned or customizable.
Located on the West Bank of the Flats, the expansive McCarthy's Dowtown is, as you might expect, very green.
This year, day-after-Christmas sales are expected to be even more festive than usual.
He and his wife are also expecting a child.
Premiere of What To Expect When You're Expecting, showing just how classically elegant the look can be.
LAFAYETTE HILL, Pa. (AP) — Mom was expecting but she probably never expected this.
Portland expects a lot of him, but not more than hizzoner expects of himself.
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In science:

We will write Eg , Pg when we take expectations and probability estimates with respect to (gij ) (i.e. conditioned on (aij )), and we write Ea to denote the expectation with respect to (aij ).
Spectral norm of products of random and deterministic matrices
We will write Eg , Pg when we take expectations and probability estimates with respect to (gij ) (i.e. conditioned on (aij )), and we write Ea to denote the expectation with respect to (aij ).
Spectral norm of products of random and deterministic matrices
These halos are expected to have formed from essentially dissipationless mergers, so, for systems dominated by dissipationless merging, we expect that, at fixed mass, the radii are larger at late times.
Evolution in the structural properties of early-type Brightest Cluster Galaxies at small lookback time and dependence on the environment
Whereas the former is expected in the simplest monolithic collapse models – the universe was denser at high redshift, so one expects the younger ob jects of a given mass to be smaller and have larger velocity dispersions – the latter is harder to arrange.
Evolution in the structural properties of early-type Brightest Cluster Galaxies at small lookback time and dependence on the environment
Another simplification of the notation we will use is E [·] for the expectation with respect to P and ˜E [·] for the expectation with respect to ˜P .
A martingale approach to continuous-time marginal structural models
In the sequel, we shall repeatedly bound expectations of functions of Wn using the following lemma: Lemma 3.1 (Expectations of Wn ).
Critical behavior in inhomogeneous random graphs
The winners and losers of the game have been interchanged by quantization, completely destroying player 3’s positional advantage, and players 1 and 2 can expect to win even more in the quantized version of the Nash-Shapley Poker model than player 3 expected to win in the classical version.
Quantized Poker
Table III shows the number of expected and observed events in the three regions as well as the probability of the observed number of events or fewer given the expectation.
Study of the decay K+ => pi+,nu,nubar in the momentum region 140
We thus conclude that for any matching Mt , the expected number of red edges spanned by its members is at least ǫr/4 and by a Chernoff bound, the probability of deviating from this expectation by more than ǫr/8 is bounded by 2−Θ(ǫ2 r) < 1/4r .
The Effect of Induced Subgraphs on Quasi-Randomness
It is expected that ηk → 0 at a rate that depends on whether or not the phase transition is continuous: one expects that ηk decays as a power when 1 ≤ q < 4, and as an exponential when q > 4 (see , Section 6.4).
Sharp thresholds for the random-cluster and Ising models
Since the Hubbard model in more than one dimension is nonintegrable, the expectation is that the expectation values of simple observables should thermalize.
Real-time evolution for weak interaction quenches in quantum systems
The full many-layer, many-mode system is expected to experience the same kinds of disordering effects as the idealization sketched above: i.e., one expects systems slightly above threshold to develop locally crystalline phases separated by zones riddled with faults.
Emergent superfluid crystals, frustration, and topologically defected states in multimode cavity QED
Note that when (40) is attained, by picking different values of m1 , the ratio between the expected volumes of K1 and K2 can be made arbitrarily large while the expected radial profiles remain about as close.
A Polynomial Number of Random Points does not Determine the Volume of a Convex Body
In order that the expectation of the product corresponding to such a path p is non-zero, it is necessary that any self-loop in Z is traversed an even number of times, in which case the expectation is ( α 2 )s(p) , where, as above, s(p) is the number of stutters in the path.
Spectra of large random trees
We will denote by P, E the probability and expectation with respect to ω , and by Pω , Eω the (so-called “quenched”) probability and expectation for random walks in the fixed environment ω .
On the moments of the meeting time of independent random walks in random environment
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