Pronunciation: (ek"spek-tā'shun),[key] —n. 1. the act or the state of expecting: to wait in expectation. 2. the act or state of looking forward or anticipating.
3. an expectant mental attitude: a high pitch of expectation. 4. something expected; a thing looked forward to.
5. Often, expectations. a prospect of future good or profit: to have great expectations. 6. the degree of probability that something will occur: There is little expectation that he will come. 7. Statistics.See mathematical expectation. 8. the state of being expected: a large sum of money in expectation.