op·​ti·​mis·​tic | \ˌäp-tə-ˈmi-stik \

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 \ 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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These moves come in sharp contrast to the optimistic rhetoric emerging from Washington. Laignee Barron, Time, "South Korea's Moon Jae-in Calls on Washington and Pyongyang to Step Up Denuclearization Efforts," 13 July 2018 That is a highly optimistic view of the power of a news release from Mr. Golden. New York Times, "Senator Does a U-Turn on Speed Cameras in School Zones," 12 July 2018 Of course, Purdue hasn't been ranked since 2007, so that might be a tad optimistic. 23. Matthew Glenesk, Indianapolis Star, "Ranking Indiana's top 50 college football games in 2018," 11 July 2018 But the president's optimistic outlook about North Korea's willingness to denuclearize and steps in that direction have been brought into question, after an NBC report claiming North Korea has been expanding a nuclear facility. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "Sen. Warner asks intelligence chief if Trump's North Korea claims are true," 11 July 2018 The figures reflect a strong job market driven by optimistic employers seeking to expand their workforces. Christopher Rugaber, The Seattle Times, "American workers’ willingness to quit hits 17-year high," 10 July 2018 Whether the final shot is meant to suggest an optimistic or morbid outcome for the duo, In The Valley Below is coming out renewed and sharper than ever. Bryan Kress, Billboard, "In The Valley Below Announce New Album & Release 'Desperate Dance' Video: Exclusive," 10 July 2018 Though cities have promoted the Olympics as a chance for reinvention, the reality is often an Icarus-like tale of optimistic infrastructure investments gone wrong. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Will LA’s ‘no-build’ Olympics spur Southern California’s next building boom?," 10 July 2018 It was revealed in the optimistic charm of her office surrounded by the faces of heartbreak looking down upon a promise of redemption. Steve West, Sun-Sentinel.com, "A rally for MAMA | Opinion," 9 July 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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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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