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

Examples of optimistic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As Birdy and the Elders look on — cautiously optimistic their troubled ship's about to be righted — a man rushes to the front of the crowd with a gift. Matt Cabral, EW.com, "Perry Mason recap: Mason hunts his 'fourth man' while a close friend draws his final breath," 13 July 2020 Giroir and Adams offered up a few optimistic notes. Valerie Strauss, BostonGlobe.com, "Betsy DeVos again calls for school districts to open fully for 2020-21," 12 July 2020 When Martin resigned, some were optimistic for a new director who could lead the shelter better and work with community members. Helena Wegner, The Arizona Republic, "With director gone, some raise new concerns about Maricopa County animal shelter," 12 July 2020 This is the optimistic scenario, yet even a 10% reduction in transmission rates would not stop growth of the pandemic. oregonlive, "New forecast shows coronavirus cases, hospitalizations in Oregon could spike by end of July," 10 July 2020 Those tracking negotiations aren’t optimistic that efforts to modernize the ECT will succeed. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "The Obscure Treaty That Could Kill a Global Green Recovery," 8 July 2020 Yet somehow now, as the firm releases this fourth annual Sustainability Trends Report, Gore seems almost … optimistic. Lauren Goode, Wired, "Global Warming. Inequality. Covid-19. And Al Gore Is ... Optimistic?," 8 July 2020 The organizers are optimistic that the fair will return again in 2021. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, "The Texas State Fair Is Canceled, so You'll Have to Wait Until 2021 for Those Fried Foods on a Stick," 8 July 2020 Surely, our optimistic souls tell us, fresh air must still be out there; lessons must be lurking in all this mess. Leslie Barker, Dallas News, "Life is Dolce: Lessons from a Frisco family’s beloved greyhound," 7 July 2020

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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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24 Jul 2020

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“Optimistic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/optimistic. Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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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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