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  • 1A strong belief that something will happen or be the case in the future.

    ‘reality had not lived up to expectations’
    • ‘there is the expectation that some individuals will do better in the program than others’
    • ‘he drilled his men in expectation of a Prussian advance’
    • ‘They may simply sit tight in the expectation that the club's growth will continue and the value of their stake will rise further.’
    • ‘With this belief comes the expectation that a booming economy will beget social progress.’
    • ‘Simply to build as many houses as possible in the expectation that prices will fall significantly in the near future will not solve the problem.’
    • ‘On the New Year, many people wear new outfits with the expectation that the coming year will bring them prosperity.’
    • ‘You sit down and have an expectation that you are going to receive good visual information.’
    • ‘As a result, most have insured against compensation claims in the expectation that legal problems will become more frequent.’
    • ‘It is our expectation that the government will increase tuition fees.’
    • ‘Society gives you the expectation that once your children have left home, it's ‘your time’.’
    • ‘Investors also sold shares in the expectation that demand for steel may slow in line with falling auto production.’
    • ‘There is an expectation that parents will not be able to cope without external support from a raft of experts and professionals.’
    • ‘This created an expectation that the war would be long, ferocious and severe.’
    • ‘Most Australians have grown up with an expectation that a hard day's work will reap its rewards.’
    • ‘A homeowner who plants a mango tree does so with the expectation that mangoes will be reaped.’
    • ‘We tend to pay our taxes in the expectation that it will be utilized for the betterment of the world we live in.’
    • ‘To date it has announced that 1,600 jobs are to be axed but there is an expectation that more will follow.’
    • ‘Worse still is the expectation that conditions are certain to deteriorate in the coming weeks.’
    • ‘There is an expectation that there will be a reduction in staff numbers in the UK.’
    • ‘There was an expectation that interest rates might go down, but certainly not up.’
    • ‘The judge said none of the detainees had a reasonable expectation of privacy during the tribunals.’
    • ‘Why should the police have a higher expectation of privacy than anyone else?’
    supposition, assumption, belief, presupposition, presumption, conjecture, surmise, reckoning, calculation, prediction, forecast, projection
    anticipation, expectancy, eagerness, hope, hopefulness
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    1. 1.1A belief that someone will or should achieve something.
      ‘students had high expectations for their future’
      • ‘In fact, the low expectations for the president could even turn out to be a hidden advantage.’
      • ‘There are major problems with this approach, in terms of what it says about our low expectations of children.’
      • ‘Politicians have most of our aspirations pinned on them, with low expectations they will deliver.’
      • ‘Surprisingly, our low expectations of him have been confounded by his strong leadership’
      • ‘They have exceeded all expectations and have achieved a level of perfection rarely seen before.’
      • ‘The weaker pupils, in particular, did their best to achieve his expectation of them.’
      • ‘Equally they can look forward to the future with confidence and high expectations.’
      • ‘High expectations are set for student learning, whether in classrooms or other learning contexts.’
      • ‘Yet the longer they spend in education, it seems, the lower people's expectations of these students seems to fall.’
      • ‘The changing status of women has given them greater confidence, higher expectations and new ways of being.’
      • ‘When you set a world record at the age of only 12, expectations for the future become correspondingly high.’
      • ‘In addition, it may exacerbate already powerful societal pressures on children to fulfill unrealistic parental expectations.’
      • ‘I think we have really surpassed even our own expectations in this regard.’
      • ‘But initially the shock of defeat was at least partly compensated by the newly awakened great expectations for the future.’
      • ‘At this stage, feelings of acute vulnerability may alternate with great expectations of success.’
      • ‘Parents' expectations for their high school children's science performance were also compared among the three cultural groups.’
      • ‘He has lived up to lofty expectations.’
      • ‘He couldn't have lived up to the expectation that has been thrust upon him.’
      • ‘This is an expectation that few people can be expected to live up to.’
      • ‘It just means that he got a shot at leading and didn't fulfill the expectation that you had for him.’
      supposition, assumption, belief, presupposition, presumption, conjecture, surmise, reckoning, calculation, prediction, forecast, projection
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    2. 1.2expectations archaic One's prospects of inheritance.
      ‘Then you must know that I have a devilish rich uncle in the East Indies, Sir Oliver Surface, from whom I have the greatest expectations.’
      • ‘O yes: I have what are called expectations!’
      • ‘Adopting the language of restitution leads to the return of unjust enrichment, while estoppel enables the son to receive his expectations.’
      • ‘It's insanity to worry about some heir's expectations.’
      • ‘The book will help anyone with ‘expectations’, modest or exceptional, avoid potential pitfalls.’
      prospects, prospects of inheritance, hopes, outlook, lookout
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    3. 1.3Mathematics
      another term for expected value
      ‘This is equal to 8.5, and is called the expectation of the action in question.’
      • ‘The same expectation is obtained by either method.’
      • ‘The mathematical expectation of any bet is defined as follows: the sum of all possible gains and losses multiplied by their relative probabilities.’
      • ‘This is one of the fundamental reasons why ‘staking systems’ don't work: a series of negative expectation bets must have negative expectation.’



/ˌekˌspekˈtāSH(ə)n/ /ˌɛkˌspɛkˈteɪʃ(ə)n/


    manage expectations
    • Seek to prevent disappointment by establishing in advance what can realistically be achieved or delivered by a project, undertaking, course of action, etc.

      ‘as the White House tries to paint a rosy economic picture, they are also trying to manage expectations’
      • ‘the company needs to be very sure it has a hit or it should start managing its customers' expectations’
      • ‘Training and managing expectations are critical to the success and rate of adoption of any innovation or workplace change.’
      • ‘And that's the real work Apple has on its hands: managing expectations.’
      • ‘In any event, communication is the key for delivering and managing expectations for this type of plan in France.’
      • ‘There will always be people upset, but this is about managing expectations as much as we can.’
      • ‘Part of today, though, was about managing expectations, and he also made it clear he's not the president yet.’
      • ‘However, intermediaries have an important role to play in managing the expectations of their clients.’
      • ‘Managing the expectations of your customers, employees, suppliers, and subcontractors is something of an art, but the basic technique involves being as explicit as possible as often as possible.’
      • ‘Clearly I should learn to manage my expectations a little better.’
      • ‘I think the lesson to be learned in the NFL this season is manage your expectations.’
      • ‘As I'm a good project manager, I feel it is my duty to manage your expectations.’
      • ‘So manage your expectations appropriately.’
      • ‘Even economists who have long predicted a soft landing are suggesting that we manage our expectations.’
      • ‘We need to manage our expectations so we don't declare failure too soon.’
      • ‘We have to manage our expectations and be realistic.’
      • ‘During the meeting, I worked to point out places where the customer's complaints were caused by the inability to properly set up and manage customer expectations.’
      • ‘I hope my keep-it-simple approach makes it's clear where I'm coming from and manages expectations appropriately.’
      • ‘After two or three iterations, his subordinates just started managing his expectations with wildly outsized guesses about project requirements, and outright lies about what they'd accomplished.’