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 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 Some people think being optimistic or being resilient is about always being in a good mood, or finding the silver lining in every situation. Shane Snow, Forbes, "Coach Your Mind For Resilience In The Workplace, Just Like Professional Athletes," 1 Mar. 2021 As for whether the NGDV could enjoy as long a life delivering the mail as the LLV has, Torchinsky is optimistic. Michael Dobuski, ABC News, "'Neither snow nor rain nor heat': USPS unveils rugged new mail trucks," 25 Feb. 2021 Rates of entrepreneurship have soared, signaling that Americans are optimistic and have access to the capital necessary to act on that optimism. New York Times, "On the Post-Pandemic Horizon, Could That Be … a Boom?," 21 Feb. 2021 But despite politicians’ assurances about relief, RonDeLu is not optimistic. Washington Post, "Some Texans got electric bills up to $17,000 after the storm. How does that happen?," 21 Feb. 2021 Hall, Dixie State’s spokesperson, said the administration at the school is trying to be optimistic, though. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Dixie State University may not be able to change its name as Republicans in the Utah Senate delay hearings," 19 Feb. 2021 For Watkins, the key to getting through the pandemic has been to try to be optimistic and to keep going, even when that’s hard to do. Deborah Martin, San Antonio Express-News, "Pianist Doc Watkins back home at Jazz, TX at The Pearl in San Antonio," 9 Feb. 2021 Some business-sentiment trackers suggest leaders are optimistic. Sarah Krouse, WSJ, "Slow Covid-19 Vaccine Rollout Shifts Some Business Plans," 7 Feb. 2021 O’Mara, however, was less optimistic about the prospect of a thorough investigation backed by both parties. Cassidy Morrison, Washington Examiner, "Cuomo accused of covering up nursing home deaths to get better treatment under Biden," 12 Feb. 2021

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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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The first known use of optimistic was in 1834

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3 Mar 2021

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“Optimistic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/optimistic. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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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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