expectancy

2 ENTRIES FOUND:

ex·pec·tan·cy

noun \-tən(t)-sē\

: a feeling that something is going to happen : the feeling that you have when you are expecting something

plural ex·pec·tan·cies

Full Definition of EXPECTANCY

1
a :  the act, action, or state of expecting <the strange expectancy that getting on any train gives us — John Updike>
b :  the state of being expected <occurs with an expectancy slightly greater than usual>
2
a :  something expected <their belief led to an expectancy>
b :  the expected amount (as of the number of years of life) based on statistical probability <life expectancy>

Examples of EXPECTANCY

  1. <that feeling of optimistic expectancy that fills theatergoers as they wait for the curtain to rise>

First Known Use of EXPECTANCY

1600

ex·pec·tan·cy

noun \-ˈspek-tən-sē\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural ex·pec·tan·cies

Medical Definition of EXPECTANCY

: the expected amount (as of the number of years of life) based on statistical probability—see life expectancy

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