Definition of optimism
1 : a doctrine that this world is the best possible world
2 : an inclination to put the most favorable construction upon actions and events or to anticipate the best possible outcome <expressed optimism about the future of the business> <the optimism of cheerleaders>
optimistplay \ˈäp-tə-mist\ noun
optimisticplay \ˌäp-tə-ˈmi-stik\ adjective
optimisticallyplay \ˌäp-tə-ˈmi-sti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
Examples of optimism in a sentence
Both of them expressed optimism about the future of the town.
The early sales reports are cause for optimism.
There is growing optimism that the problem can be corrected.
He maintains a sense of optimism, despite all that has happened.
Origin and Etymology of optimism
French optimisme, from Latin optimum, noun, best, from neuter of optimus best; akin to Latin ops power — more at opulent
First Known Use: 1759
OPTIMISM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of optimism for English Language Learners
: a feeling or belief that good things will happen in the future : a feeling or belief that what you hope for will happen
OPTIMISM Defined for Kids
Definition of optimism for Students
: a feeling or belief that good things will happen
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