Simple Definition of wishful thinking
: 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
Examples of wishful thinking
The idea that the enemy will immediately surrender is nothing more than wishful thinking.
First Known Use of wishful thinking
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