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expectancy

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noun ex·pec·tan·cy \-tən(t)-sē\

Simple Definition of expectancy

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

Full Definition of expectancy

plural ex·pec·tan·cies

  1. 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. 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>



1600

First Known Use of expectancy

1600


Medical Dictionary

expectancy

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noun ex·pec·tan·cy \-ˈspek-tən-sē\

Medical Definition of expectancy

plural ex·pec·tan·cies

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





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