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wishful

wishful

adjective wish·ful \ˈwish-fəl\

: showing a belief that something will happen or succeed even though it is not likely to happen or succeed

Full Definition of WISHFUL

1
a :  expressive of a wish :  hopeful <looked at the toys with wishful eyes>
b :  having a wish :  desirous
2
:  according with wishes rather than reality <wishful dreams>
wish·ful·ly \-fə-lē\ adverb
wish·ful·ness noun

Examples of WISHFUL

  1. her wishful attempts to change her husband's bad habits

First Known Use of WISHFUL

1593

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