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English Dictionary: expectation of life by the DICT Development Group
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From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Expectation \Ex`pec*ta"tion\n. [L. expectio. exspectio: cf. F.
      expectation.]
      1. The act or state of expecting or looking forward to an
            event as about to happen. [bd]In expectation of a
            guest.[b8] --Tennyson.
  
                     My soul, wait thou only upon God, for my expectation
                     is from him.                                       --Ps. lxii. 5.
  
      2. That which is expected or looked for.
  
                     Why our great expectation should be called The seed
                     of woman.                                          --Milton.
  
      3. The prospect of the future; grounds upon which something
            excellent is expected to happen; prospect of anything good
            to come, esp. of property or rank.
  
                     His magnificent expectations made him, in the
                     opinion of the world, the best match in Europe.
                                                                              --Prescott.
  
                     By all men's eyes a youth of expectation. --Otway.
  
      4. The value of any chance (as the prospect of prize or
            property) which depends upon some contingent event.
            Expectations are computed for or against the occurrence of
            the event.
  
      5. (Med.) The leaving of the disease principally to the
            efforts of nature to effect a cure.
  
      {Expectation of life}, the mean or average duration of the
            life individuals after any specified age.
  
      Syn: Anticipation; confidence; trust.
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