optimistic

adjective op·ti·mis·tic \ ˌäp-tə-ˈmi-stik \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

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

optimistically

play \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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Origin and Etymology of optimistic


OPTIMISTIC Defined for Kids

optimistic

adjective op·ti·mis·tic \ ˌäp-tə-ˈmi-stik \

Definition of optimistic for Students

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

optimistically

\-sti-kə-lē, -sti-klē\ adverb


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