expectation vs prospect what difference

what is difference between expectation and prospect



From Middle French expectation, from Latin exspectātiō, from exspectō (expect); synchronically analyzable as expect +‎ -ation.


  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /ɛkspɛkˈteɪʃən/
  • Rhymes: -eɪʃən


expectation (countable and uncountable, plural expectations)

  1. The act or state of expecting or looking forward to an event as about to happen.
    • “A tight little craft,” was Austin’s invariable comment on the matron; []. ¶ Near her wandered her husband, orientally bland, invariably affable, and from time to time squinting sideways, as usual, in the ever-renewed expectation that he might catch a glimpse of his stiff, retroussé moustache.
  2. That which is expected or looked for.
  3. The prospect of the future; grounds upon which something excellent is expected to occur; prospect of anything good to come, especially of property or rank.
    • 1816, Jane Austen, Emma, Vol.1 Ch.7:
      Emma was not sorry to be pressed. She read, and was surprized. The style of the letter was much above her expectation. There were not merely no grammatical errors, but as a composition it would not have disgraced a gentleman; the language, though plain, was strong and unaffected, and the sentiments it conveyed very much to the credit of the writer. It was short, but expressed good sense, warm attachment, liberality, propriety, even delicacy of feeling. She paused over it, while Harriet stood anxiously watching for her opinion, with a “Well, well,” and was at last forced to add, “Is it a good letter? or is it too short?”
  4. The value of any chance (as the prospect of prize or property) which depends upon some contingent event.
  5. (statistics) The first moment; the long-run average value of a variable over many independent repetitions of an experiment.
  6. (colloquial statistics) The arithmetic mean.
  7. (medicine, rare) The leaving of a disease principally to the efforts of nature to effect a cure.

Usage notes

  • (value of any chance): Expectations are computed for or against the occurrence of the event.


  • (colloquial statistics, arithmetic mean): arithmetic mean; average

Related terms

  • expect
  • expectant
  • expected


See also

  • (statistics): Wikipedia:Expected value



From Latin prospectus, past participle of prospicere (to look forward), from pro (before, forward) + specere, spicere (to look, to see), equivalent to pro- +‎ -spect


  • (noun)
    • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈpɹɒspɛkt/
    • (General American) enPR: präsʹpĕkt, IPA(key): /ˈpɹɑspɛkt/
  • (verb)
    • (Received Pronunciation) enPR: prə-spĕktʹ, IPA(key): /pɹəˈspɛkt/
    • (General American) enPR: präsʹpĕkt, IPA(key): /ˈpɹɑspɛkt/
  • Rhymes: -ɛkt
  • Hyphenation: pros‧pect


prospect (plural prospects)

  1. The region which the eye overlooks at one time; view; scene; outlook.
  2. A picturesque or panoramic view; a landscape; hence, a sketch of a landscape.
  3. A position affording a fine view; a lookout.
  4. Relative position of the front of a building or other structure; face; relative aspect.
    • Their prospect was toward the south.
  5. The act of looking forward; foresight; anticipation.
    • 1663, John Tillotson, The Wisdom of being Religious
      Is he a prudent man as to his temporal estate, that lays designs only for a day, without any prospect to, or provision for, the remaining part of life?
  6. The potential things that may come to pass, often favorable.
  7. A hope; a hopeful.
  8. (sports) Any player whose rights are owned by a top-level professional team, but who has yet to play a game for said team.
  9. (sales) A potential client or customer.
  10. (music) The façade of an organ.



prospect (third-person singular simple present prospects, present participle prospecting, simple past and past participle prospected)

  1. (intransitive) To search, as for gold.
  2. (geology, mining) To determine which minerals or metals are present in a location.



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From German Prospekt


prospect n (plural prospecte)

  1. brochure


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