expectancy
noun (plural -cies) Date: 1600 1. a. the act, action, or state of expecting <
the strange expectancy that getting on any train gives us — John Updike
>
b. the state of being expected <
occurs with an expectancy slightly greater than usual
>
2. a. something expected <
their belief led to an expectancy
>
b. the expected amount (as of the number of years of life) based on statistical probability <
life expectancy
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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