over·​ex·​pec·​ta·​tion ˌō-vər-ˌek-ˌspek-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce overexpectation (audio)
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

Examples of overexpectation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And with that hope comes other problems: problems of overexpectation, of affordability and of accessibility. Lauren Gravitz, Scientific American, 18 Oct. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1634, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overexpectation was in 1634

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“Overexpectation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overexpectation. Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

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