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wishful thinking

noun

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of wishful thinking

  1. :  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 in a sentence

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



1932

First Known Use of wishful thinking

1932


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