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Synonyms for expectation
ˌɛk spɛkˈteɪ ʃənex·pec·ta·tion

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  1. expectationnoun

    arithmetic mean, average

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. expectation

    Expectation may be either of good or evil; presentiment almost always, apprehension and foreboding always, of evil; anticipation and antepast, commonly of good. Thus, we speak of the pleasures of anticipation. A foretaste may be of good or evil, and is more than imaginary; it is a part actually received in advance. Foresight and forethought prevent future evil and secure future good by timely looking forward, and acting upon what is foreseen. Compare ANTICIPATE.

    antepast, anticipation, apprehension, expectancy, foreboding, forecast, foresight, foretaste, forethought, hope, presentiment, prevision

    astonishment, consummation, despair, doubt, doubt, dread, enjoyment, fear, realization, surprise, wonder

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  1. expectation

    expectancy, trust, confluence

Princeton's WordNet

  1. expectation, outlook, prospectnoun

    belief about (or mental picture of) the future

    scene, view, mind-set, aspect, first moment, prognosis, candidate, prospect, arithmetic mean, outlook, chance, vista, anticipation, lookout, mentality, expected value, panorama, medical prognosis, mindset

  2. anticipation, expectationnoun

    anticipating with confidence of fulfillment

    anticipation, expected value, expectancy, outlook, arithmetic mean, prediction, prospect, prevision, first moment

  3. expectationnoun

    the feeling that something is about to happen

    anticipation, outlook, expected value, first moment, arithmetic mean, prospect

  4. arithmetic mean, first moment, expectation, expected valuenoun

    the sum of the values of a random variable divided by the number of values

    anticipation, outlook, expected value, first moment, arithmetic mean, prospect

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. expectationnoun

    anticipation, prospect, expectance, expectancy

  2. expectationnoun

    hope, trust, reliance, confidence, assurance, presumption

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. expectationnoun

    expectancy, anticipation

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "expectation":

    expectations, expectancy, anticipation, hope, waiting, wait, suspense

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How to use expectation in a sentence?

  1. Republican Governor Pat McCrory:

    Legislation was passed to protect men, women and children when they use a public restroom, shower or locker-room, that is an expectation of privacy that must be honored and respected.

  2. Adam Schiff:

    Clearly, there's an expectation there on the Russian side that they may now have success with the Magnitsky Act, given that the prior meeting and communications dealt with the offer of help, it certainly seems like the Russians were ready for payback.

  3. Vali Nasr:

    The key is if they don’t see the dividends of this deal or engagement with the global community then exuberance and expectation can very quickly turn into frustration and anger, and that’s the challenge.

  4. James Molesworth:

    It's mirrored the growth of lifestyle dining, it's part of the theater and expectation, at a certain level and at three-star restaurants. It's the same way you would expect to be served fine china and impressive flatware.

  5. Englishman Fleetwood:

    Expectation's a tricky thing. It's clearly the next step for me to win over here, but winning's not easy and I've just got to keep plodding away.

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