Definition of expectancy
1a : the act, action, or state of expecting the strange expectancy that getting on any train gives us — John Updikeb : the state of being expected occurs with an expectancy slightly greater than usual
2a : something expected their belief led to an expectancyb : the expected amount (as of the number of years of life) based on statistical probability life expectancy
Examples of expectancy in a Sentence
that feeling of optimistic expectancy that fills theatergoers as they wait for the curtain to rise
Recent Examples of expectancy from the Web
The United States spends 18% of GDP on health care yet has one of the lowest life expectancies of any rich country.
West Virginia is saddled with one of the country’s lowest median incomes and has some of the worst rates of unemployment, drug overdose deaths, life expectancy, smoking, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer and disabilities.
Tri-Creek's new solar panel arrays have a 25-year warranty and have a life expectancy of 30 years, Howe said.
The flood tide comes as people are living longer; life expectancy at birth grew by 10.5 years between 1950 and 2010.
Life expectancy is typically between 40 and 60 years, according to the National Institutes of Health.
If 60 was accepted as old at the beginning of the 20th century, when babies born in 1900 had a life expectancy of 50, it certainly isn’t considered so anymore.
According to a 2012 study published by the U.S. Library of Medicine, patients with a heart transplant had an average life expectancy of 9.16 years.
Overall, the NHS works well; the Brits have longer life expectancy, lower infant mortality, and somewhat better health statistics than the U.S., at far less cost.
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First Known Use of expectancy
EXPECTANCY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of expectancy for English Language Learners
: a feeling that something is going to happen : the feeling that you have when you are expecting something
Legal Definition of expectancy
: something expected: as a : an interest held by a person who may receive something (as a bequest) in the future but has no enforceable right to it b : the benefit that will be received from a contract if performed
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