n. pl. ex·pec·tan·cies
1. The act or state of expecting; expectation: Tense with expectancy, I waited for my name to be called.
2. The state of being expected.
3. Something expected.
4. An expected amount calculated on the basis of actuarial data: a life expectancy of 70 years.
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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
Thousands of entries in the dictionary include etymologies that trace their origins back to reconstructed proto-languages. You can obtain more information about these forms in our online appendices:
The Indo-European appendix covers nearly half of the Indo-European roots that have left their mark on English words. A more complete treatment of Indo-European roots and the English words derived from them is available in our Dictionary of Indo-European Roots.