role expectation (social role expectation)

(noun) The way a role ought to be performed as determined by a group or society.

Example: A university student is expected to complete assignments on time and come to class prepared.

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: role expectations
  • The terms role expectation and social role expectation are used interchangeably in a sociological context.
  • In contrast to role expectation, role performance is the actual behavior and expression of an individual occupying a role.
  • Variant form: role-expectation
  • Role expectation used in a sentence: My teacher outlined everyone’s role expectations on the first day of class.

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