expectation (n.)
anticipation, hopefulness
2H4 V.ii.31[Prince John to Lord Chief Justice] Though no man be assured what grace to find, / You stand in coldest expectation
H5 III.iii.44[Governor to King Henry] Our expectation hath this day an end
JC I.i.41[Marullus to all] you ... have sat / The livelong day, with patient expectation, / To see great Pompey pass the streets of Rome
TNK III.i.14[Arcite alone, of Emilia] Thrice blessed chance / To drop on such a mistress, expectation / Most guiltless on't [i.e. without any hope of it happening]
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