overexpectation

noun
over·​ex·​pec·​ta·​tion | \ ˌō-vər-ˌek-ˌspek-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce overexpectation (audio) , -ik- \
plural overexpectations

Definition of overexpectation

: 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, in the meaning defined above

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“Overexpectation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overexpectation. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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