op·ti·mis·tic | \ ˌäp-tə-ˈmi-stik \

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 \ 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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Nationals: Manager Dave Martinez said the team is optimistic RHP Stephen Strasburg (shoulder inflammation) will be ready to return right after the All-Star break. baltimoresun.com, "Turner's eight RBIs help Nationals rally from nine-run deficit to beat Marlins, 14-12," 6 July 2018 Tavares specifically referenced Matthews and 21-year-old center Mitchell Marner, who led the Leafs with 69 points last season as reasons to be optimistic. John Wawrow, Houston Chronicle, "Homeward bound: Star center John Tavares chooses Maple Leafs," 1 July 2018 The strategic adjustments remain to be seen, but the feeling around the program is optimistic. Mike Persak, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Gino DiMare introduced as Hurricanes' new baseball coach," 19 June 2018 But Allen's optimistic about his chances at a gubernatorial pardon. Maya Dukmasova, Chicago Reader, "Hundreds of Illinois prisoners languish behind bars waiting for Dorothy Brown to do her job," 24 May 2018 When a massive saltwater ocean was found hidden beneath the icy crust of Saturn’s moon Enceladus back in 2015, astronomers were cautiously optimistic that this watery world could have just the right conditions to host life. Denise Chow /, NBC News, "Saturn's moon Enceladus is now the likeliest place to find alien life," 30 June 2018 With hurricane season underway, people are cautiously optimistic, including Lafreniere. John Goodspeed, San Antonio Express-News, "Rockport recovery," 21 June 2018 In the weeks leading up to the draft, TCU coaches and staffers were cautiously optimistic Williams would go in the second round rather than left to sign as an undrafted rookie free agent. Mac Engel, star-telegram, "TCU star misses on draft while UTA forward is picked," 21 June 2018 Even some of the agency’s toughest critics are cautiously optimistic about her plan to transfer the most complex intact family cases from outside agencies back to DCFS caseworkers to be managed in-house. Christy Gutowski, chicagotribune.com, "Rauner maneuvers to keep DCFS director at the helm after she runs into Senate opposition," 20 June 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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op·ti·mis·tic | \ ˌäp-tə-ˈmi-stik \

Kids Definition of optimistic

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

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

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