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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Until recently, assessments of negotiations have been optimistic, but thanks in part to GOP demands for riders protecting free speech on campus, talks have stalled and people close to them now express doubts. Roger Sollenberger, The New Republic, "Higher Education Faces a Turning Point," 5 Aug. 2019 There are signs, though, that consumers are optimistic. Washington Post, "US is thought to have added a solid 163,000 jobs in July," 2 Aug. 2019 There are signs, though, that consumers are optimistic. Josh Boak, Twin Cities, "July US jobs report shows solid gains amid trade frictions," 2 Aug. 2019 That now appears unlikely, but Koenigsmann was optimistic that this issue could be worked in parallel to several other challenges between Dragon and that flight, such as qualification of the spacecraft's parachutes. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "SpaceX nears completion of Dragon investigation, has a “good path forward”," 15 July 2019 As usual, the government is very optimistic about the prospects of the country following its exit from the programme. Priscilla Twumasi-baffour, Quartz Africa, "Many Ghanaians think their country should divorce the IMF—that isn’t likely to happen," 8 July 2019 However, Canopy is giving investors reasons to be optimistic, including a massive New York hemp-growing facility that should help the company to tap the booming US CBD market. Jenni Avins, Quartz, "A cannabis CEO is fired and blames it on Big Booze," 3 July 2019 County leaders are optimistic the county will have a deal in place by then to acquire the Hilltop property. Scott Wartman, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Bengals allow county to start building garage for music venue at the Banks.," 20 June 2019 The architect of the heartbeat bill is optimistic about its chances to overturn Roe v. Wade. AZCentral.com, "Never heard of model bills? Here's how they work.," 20 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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