optimistic

adjective
op·​ti·​mis·​tic | \ ˌäp-tə-ˈmi-stik How to pronounce optimistic (audio) \

Definition of optimistic

: of, relating to, or characterized by optimism : feeling or showing hope for the future an optimistic outlook an optimistic economic forecast a person with a hopeful, optimistic nature I'm feeling optimistic about our chances. The streets in question were magnificent commercial thoroughfares, … brimming with heavy streams of eager life—young, fresh, optimistic.— Theodore Dreiser

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optimistically \ ˌäp-​tə-​ˈmi-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce optimistically (audio) \ adverb
thinking optimistically about the future an optimistically upbeat forecast Optimistically, he anticipates that nuclear weapons … will never be used in war again … — Russell F. Weigley

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Even with the damage done, there would be reason to be cautiously optimistic about the Great Barrier Reef's resilience if it was allowed to grow unabated. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Climate Change Has Fundamentally Weakened The Great Barrier Reef," 4 Apr. 2019 Some people in the comments seem curious if the egg can pull this off, while others appear pretty optimistic. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "This Instagram Account Is Trying to Break Kylie Jenner's Most-Liked Photo Record," 13 Jan. 2019 Investors appear optimistic the department-store chain can maintain its momentum despite the broader adversity faced by the industry as companies move to close stores and slash costs. Fortune, "55 New Bluemercury Stores Planned Across the U.S., Macy's Says," 5 July 2018 The longer women wait, the less optimistic their reproductive chances. Macaela Mackenzie, Glamour, "Women Are Waiting Longer than Ever to Get Pregnant—Do You Have A Plan for Your Fertility?," 22 Apr. 2019 Still, to suggest that Shinnecock won’t feature at least some of the same issues in the Open’s final round would be overly optimistic. Joan Niesen, SI.com, "USGA's Unplayable Course at Shinnecock 'Totally Gone' in Third Round of U.S. Open," 16 June 2018 For more information on the $17 million cost of what turned out to be an overly optimistic population, read the full story at houstonchronicle.com. Mike Morris, Houston Chronicle, "What are you worth to City Hall?," 24 May 2018 Truth be told, though, that's too optimistic for the world of defense procurement—especially a program relying on bleeding-edge drone swarm tech. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.K. Promises to Develop Drone Swarms, But on an Unrealistic Timetable," 12 Feb. 2019 Zvolerin is optimistic that such specialty lubes will help revitalize the market. E.j. Dickson, Vox, "There’s a stigma around lube. These brands want to change that.," 14 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of optimistic

1834, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for optimistic

optimist + -ic entry 1

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optimistic

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of optimistic

: having or showing hope for the future : expecting good things to happen

optimistic

adjective
op·​ti·​mis·​tic | \ ˌäp-tə-ˈmi-stik\

Kids Definition of optimistic

: expecting good things to happen : hopeful We are optimistic about the future.

Other Words from optimistic

optimistically \ -​sti-​kə-​lē , -​sti-​klē \ adverb

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