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