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 under optimistic scenarios, turning hydrogen into an everyday energy source could take decades. River Davis, WSJ, "A Fukushima Ghost Town Seeks Rebirth Through Renewable Energy," 12 July 2019 For now, Greeks are justly optimistic that things will get better. Ian Bremmer, Time, "The Greek Election Brings Hope for a Country in Need," 11 July 2019 Other countries see that as very positive and optimistic. CBS News, "Transcript: Ellen McCarthy talks with Michael Morell on "Intelligence Matters"," 10 July 2019 Athlon is less optimistic than other publications, predicting a fifth-place finish in the West (7-5) for Minnesota, and pegging Nebraska, with second-year coach Scott Frost, as division winners (9-4). Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "ESPN optimistic about Gophers football, others are less so," 8 July 2019 An optimistic forecast puts Kansas at 85 scholarships before the 2022 season. Amie Just, nola.com, "The Les Miles Show brings signs of life, hope to Kansas football program," 28 June 2019 Whatever the future of gene editing, Pei sought to strike an optimistic tone about the potential for countries to work closely to discourage rogue science. STAT, "Alarmed by new ‘CRISPR babies’ plan, top science figures say they’re powerless to stop it," 24 June 2019 Negative readings indicate that more executives feel pessimistic about the economy than optimistic. Erin Douglas, Houston Chronicle, "Texas manufacturing executives’ optimism at three-year low as tariffs increase costs," 24 June 2019 The concern must surely be that Runciman’s vision of a passive America is in fact overly optimistic. Adam Tooze, The New York Review of Books, "Democracy and Its Discontents," 6 June 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of optimistic

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


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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