overexpectation

noun over·ex·pec·ta·tion \ ˌō-vər-ˌek-ˌspek-ˈtā-shən , -ik- \

Definition of overexpectation

plural overexpectations
: unreasonably or unrealistically hopeful expectation : the act or state of expecting too much in a given situation
  • They are bracing voters for a long and perhaps difficult hike from here to prosperity, cautioning them against overexpectations.
  • —Bob Deans
  • … there's certainly no overexpectation or complacency.
  • —Graham Henry

First Known Use of overexpectation

1634

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