Definition of expectancy
- the strange expectancy that getting on any train gives us
- —John Updike
- occurs with an expectancy slightly greater than usual
- their belief led to an expectancy
- life expectancy
that feeling of optimistic expectancy that fills theatergoers as they wait for the curtain to rise
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: a feeling that something is going to happen : the feeling that you have when you are expecting something
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of the same or a similar kind or nature
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