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

Other Words from optimistic

optimistically \ ˌäp-​tə-​ˈmi-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce optimistic (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

Examples of optimistic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web People born in July are generally optimistic, which is also the same for other summer babies, according to a study about birth seasons and personality. Katarina Avendano, Good Housekeeping, 19 May 2022 Early last year, some experts were optimistic that 2021 would not be as bad as the first year of the pandemic — partly because effective COVID-19 vaccines had finally become available. Mike Stobbe, chicagotribune.com, 12 Apr. 2022 Hollywood as a whole finds itself in a similar state of mind: optimistic about the future of movies one minute, pessimistic the next. New York Times, 10 Apr. 2022 What’s more, Son remains optimistic that winter will soon be over. Min Jeong Lee, Bloomberg.com, 15 Mar. 2022 The above challenges notwithstanding, women are optimistic that this work is a stepping stone to a better future. Grace Natabaalo, Quartz, 7 Mar. 2022 But Dempster is optimistic that there will be baseball this year. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 26 Feb. 2022 The idea of keeping on top of these things simply by looking at hospitals and morgues seems a little optimistic. Erin Prater, Fortune, 16 Apr. 2022 The sea turtle's success with acupuncture has left the Nation Aquarium optimistic that Bassoon will make a full recovery. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, 12 Apr. 2022 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/optimistic. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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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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