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expectancy Line breaks: ex¦pect|ancy
Pronunciation: /ɪkˈspɛkt(ə)nsi/
/ɛkˈspɛkt(ə)nsi/

Definition of expectancy in English:

noun (plural expectancies)

[mass noun]
The state of thinking or hoping that something, especially something good, will happen: they waited with an air of expectancy [count noun]: our expectancies about the future
More example sentences
  • There is always an air of excitement and expectancy as people begin to arrive long before the service starts and are often prepared to stand throughout.
  • They transform the garden from the greyness of winter to the hopeful expectancy that arrives with the spring.
  • She couldn't seem to shake a feeling of expectancy, an anticipation for something that she couldn't name.
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Origin

Early 17th century: from Latin exspectantia, from exspectare 'look out for' (see expect).

Words that rhyme with expectancy

intestacy • ecstasy

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