expectancy

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noun ex·pec·tan·cy \-tən(t)-sē\

Definition of expectancy

plural

expectancies

  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 in a sentence

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

1600

First Known Use of expectancy

1600


EXPECTANCY Defined for English Language Learners

expectancy

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noun ex·pec·tan·cy \-tən(t)-sē\

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


Medical Dictionary

expectancy

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noun ex·pec·tan·cy \-ˈspek-tən-sē\

Medical Definition of expectancy

plural

expectancies

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


Law Dictionary

expectancy

noun ex·pec·tan·cy

Legal Definition of expectancy

plural

expectancies

  1. :  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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