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Expectation vs. Hope: Know the Difference

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By Shumaila Saeed || Updated on December 25, 2023
Expectation is a belief that something will or should happen, while hope is a desire for something to happen, often with uncertainty.
Expectation vs. Hope

Key Differences

Expectation involves a strong belief or confidence that a particular event will occur, often based on knowledge or precedent. Hope, in contrast, is more about wishing for a favorable outcome, without the certainty that it will happen.
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Expectations are often tied to realistic probabilities or previous experiences, suggesting a higher likelihood of occurrence. Hope tends to be more aspirational, focusing on what one desires, regardless of the likelihood.
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In daily life, expectations can lead to a sense of entitlement or disappointment if not met, as they are often seen as something owed. Hope, however, is generally optimistic and resilient, persisting even in challenging situations.
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Expectations can be specific and detailed, stemming from concrete reasoning or plans. Hope is more abstract and open-ended, not necessarily tied to detailed predictions or rationale.
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The cultural and psychological impacts of expectation often involve pressure or obligation, while hope is commonly associated with positivity, upliftment, and the ability to cope with uncertainty.
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Comparison Chart

Nature

Belief in the likelihood of an event
Desire for a favorable outcome, often without certainty
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Basis

Often based on knowledge, experience, or evidence
More aspirational, less dependent on evidence
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Emotional Impact

Can lead to disappointment if unmet
Generally fosters optimism and resilience
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Specificity

Tends to be specific and detailed
More abstract and open-ended
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Associated Feelings

Often involves pressure or obligation
Linked with positivity and coping with adversity
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Expectation and Hope Definitions

Expectation

A belief that something will happen.
There's an expectation that the project will be completed by Friday.
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Hope

A desire for a certain thing to happen.
She held onto the hope of one day becoming a doctor.
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Expectation

Anticipating a specific outcome.
Her expectation of winning the award was high due to her excellent performance.
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Hope

A feeling of trust or confidence.
She looked towards the future with hope and excitement.
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Expectation

A confident assumption about the future.
His expectation of success was based on years of hard work.
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Hope

To want something to happen or be true.
I hope you get the job you've been wanting.
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Expectation

A forecast or prediction.
The weather forecast set the expectation for a sunny weekend.
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Hope

To wish for a particular event that one considers possible
We are hoping for more financial support.
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Expectation

A standard or belief regarding appropriate behavior.
The expectation to be polite is strong in many cultures.
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Hope

(Archaic) To have confidence; trust.
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Expectation

The act of expecting.
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Hope

To desire and consider possible
I hope that you will join us for dinner. We hope to buy a house in the spring.
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Expectation

Eager anticipation
Eyes shining with expectation.
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Hope

The longing or desire for something accompanied by the belief in the possibility of its occurrence
He took singing lessons in the hope of performing in the musical.
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Expectation

The state of being expected.
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Hope

An instance of such longing or desire
Her hopes of becoming a doctor have not changed.
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Expectation

Something expected
A result that did not live up to expectations.
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Hope

A source of or reason for such longing or desire
Good pitching is the team's only hope for victory.
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Expectation

Expectations Prospects, especially of success or gain.
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Hope

Often Hope(Christianity) The theological virtue defined as the desire and search for a future good, difficult but not impossible to attain with God's help.
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Expectation

The expected value of a random variable.
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Hope

(Archaic) Trust; confidence.
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Expectation

The mean of a random variable.
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Hope

To want something to happen, with a sense of expectation that it might.
I hope everyone enjoyed the meal.
I am still hoping that all will turn out well.
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Expectation

The act or state of expecting or looking forward to an event as about to happen.
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Hope

To be optimistic; be full of hope; have hopes.
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Expectation

That which is expected or looked for.
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Hope

(intransitive) To place confidence; to trust with confident expectation of good; usually followed by in.
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Expectation

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.
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Hope

To wish.
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Expectation

The value of any chance (as the prospect of prize or property) which depends upon some contingent event.
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Hope

The feeling of trust, confidence, belief or expectation that something wished for can or will happen.
I still have some hope that I can get to work on time.
After losing my job, there's no hope of being able to afford my world cruise.
There is still hope that we can find our missing cat.
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Expectation

(statistics) The first moment; the long-run average value of a variable over many independent repetitions of an experiment.
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Hope

(countable) The actual thing wished for.
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Expectation

(colloquial statistics) The arithmetic mean.
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Hope

(countable) A person or thing that is a source of hope.
We still have one hope left: my roommate might see the note I left on the table.
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Expectation

The leaving of a disease principally to the efforts of nature to effect a cure.
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Hope

The virtuous desire for future good.
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Expectation

The act or state of expecting or looking forward to an event as about to happen.
My soul, wait thou only upon God, for my expectation is from him.
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Hope

A hollow; a valley, especially the upper end of a narrow mountain valley when it is nearly encircled by smooth, green slopes; a combe.
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Expectation

That which is expected or looked for.
Why our great expectation should be calledThe seed of woman.
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Hope

A sloping plain between mountain ridges.
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Expectation

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.
By all men's eyes a youth of expectation.
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Hope

(Scotland) A small bay; an inlet; a haven.
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Expectation

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.
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Hope

A sloping plain between mountain ridges.
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Expectation

The leaving of the disease principally to the efforts of nature to effect a cure.
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Hope

A small bay; an inlet; a haven.
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Expectation

Belief about (or mental picture of) the future
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Hope

A desire of some good, accompanied with an expectation of obtaining it, or a belief that it is obtainable; an expectation of something which is thought to be desirable; confidence; pleasing expectancy.
The hypocrite's hope shall perish.
He wished, but not with hope.
New thoughts of God, new hopes of Heaven.
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Expectation

Wishing with confidence of fulfillment
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Hope

One who, or that which, gives hope, furnishes ground of expectation, or promises desired good.
The Lord will be the hope of his people.
A young gentleman of great hopes, whose love of learning was highly commendable.
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Expectation

The feeling that something is about to happen
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Hope

That which is hoped for; an object of hope.
Lavina is thine elder brother's hope.
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Expectation

The sum of the values of a random variable divided by the number of values
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Hope

To entertain or indulge hope; to cherish a desire of good, or of something welcome, with expectation of obtaining it or belief that it is obtainable; to expect; - usually followed by for.
But I will hope continually.
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Hope

To place confidence; to trust with confident expectation of good; - usually followed by in.
Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? Hope thou in God.
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Hope

To desire with expectation or with belief in the possibility or prospect of obtaining; to look forward to as a thing desirable, with the expectation of obtaining it; to cherish hopes of.
We hope no other from your majesty.
[Charity] hopeth all things.
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Hope

To expect; to fear.
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Hope

A specific instance of feeling hopeful;
It revived their hope of winning the pennant
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Hope

The general feeling that some desire will be fulfilled;
In spite of his troubles he never gave up hope
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Hope

Grounds for feeling hopeful about the future;
There is little or no promise that he will recover
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Hope

Someone (or something) on which expectations are centered;
He was their best hope for a victory
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Hope

United States comedian (born in England) who appeared in films with Bing Crosby (born in 1903)
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Hope

One of the three Christian virtues
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Hope

Expect and wish;
I trust you will behave better from now on
I hope she understands that she cannot expect a raise
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Hope

Be optimistic; be full of hope; have hopes;
I am still hoping that all will turn out well
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Hope

Intend with some possibility of fulfilment;
I hope to have finished this work by tomorrow evening
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Hope

A feeling of expectation and desire for a particular thing to happen.
Their hope for peace never wavered.
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Hope

Grounds for believing that something good may happen.
Despite the odds, he felt a glimmer of hope.
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Repeatedly Asked Queries

What is an expectation?

An expectation is a belief or anticipation that something will occur.
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Is hope always positive?

Generally, hope is seen as a positive feeling, but it can be tinged with uncertainty.
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How do expectation and hope differ?

Expectation is a belief something will happen, while hope is a wish it will happen.
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How do expectations affect behavior?

Expectations can influence behavior by setting standards or goals to strive for.
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Is "hope" commonly used in everyday conversation?

Yes, "hope" is a common word used in both casual and formal contexts.
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What does hope mean?

Hope is a desire or wish for something to happen, often without certainty.
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Can "hope" be used to refer to a person's behavior?

No, "hope" primarily relates to feelings and desires rather than behavior.
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Is hope important for mental health?

Yes, hope is important for maintaining optimism and resilience.
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Can expectations be unrealistic?

Yes, expectations can sometimes be unrealistic or too high.
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Can "expectation" be used in the plural form?

Yes, you can use "expectations" in the plural form.
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Can expectations lead to disappointment?

Yes, unmet expectations can often lead to disappointment.
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What are some synonyms for "hope"?

Optimism, aspiration, desire, and expectation.
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Can "hope" be used to describe something certain to happen?

No, "hope" implies a desire for something to happen, but it does not guarantee it.
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What are some synonyms for "expectation"?

Anticipation, prediction, assumption, and outlook.
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Can "expectation" be used to refer to a person's behavior?

No, "expectation" primarily relates to beliefs or anticipations.
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Is "expectation" commonly used in formal writing?

Yes, "expectation" is commonly used in both formal and informal writing.
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Can "expectation" be used to describe something certain to happen?

No, "expectation" typically involves uncertainty or anticipation.
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