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wishful thinking

noun

: an attitude or belief that something you want to happen will happen even though it is not likely or possible

Full Definition of WISHFUL THINKING

:  the attribution of reality to what one wishes to be true or the tenuous justification of what one wants to believe
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Examples of WISHFUL THINKING

  1. The idea that the enemy will immediately surrender is nothing more than wishful thinking.

First Known Use of WISHFUL THINKING

1932

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