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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Despite the uncertainty, the executive remains cautiously optimistic. Nina Trentmann, WSJ, "Some European Executives Start Cutting Costs as Economy Slows While Others Wait," 21 Feb. 2019 Where less optimistic people hear brush-offs, Garcetti tends to hear invitations. Chanan Tigay, GQ, "Eric Garcetti Is the Anti-Trump, Pro–Star Wars Man We Need," 12 June 2018 At the European Central Bank, news of less optimistic businesses and weaker growth in new orders, hiring and backlogs of work may delay a decision to scale back unprecedented support until officials can better assess economic health. Jana Randow, Bloomberg.com, "Global Economic Rebound Yet to Show as Manufacturing Weakens," 23 May 2018 But Jannard sounds optimistic and says the hold up is related to certification issues. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "RED says Hydrogen One phone will miss summer release date," 8 Aug. 2018 But Faucher sounds optimistic that his legacy won't be under a cloud forever. Katy Moeller, idahostatesman, "Father Faucher's fall from grace: Once a respected priest, now he holds Mass in jail," 4 June 2018 Following Sunday’s Iowa Corn 300, which saw 955 on-track passes versus 378 last year, Frye and company were feeling optimistic about the progress being made in Year 1 of the new, low downforce, universal aero kits. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "IndyCar racing with its new aero kits is 'awesome,' or perhaps 'bland'," 9 July 2018 Despite the dark dystopian setting, The Robots of Gotham still feels slightly more optimistic about our future than most other novels in the genre. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "In The Robots of Gotham, AI has taken over the world — and become exactly like us," 7 July 2018 In a statement, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund said the organization had raised only $45 million and wasn't optimistic about meeting its funding goal. Fox News, "Plans for Vietnam War education center on National Mall shut down over funding concerns," 22 Sep. 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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