optimistic

adjective
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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Photo: wu hong/Shutterstock While anxiety that the U.S.-China trade fight will weaken the global economy has hurt stocks and other risky investments in recent months, some analysts are optimistic the two sides can reach a compromise. David Hodari, WSJ, "U.S. Markets Open Higher as U.S.-China Trade Talks Wrap Up," 9 Jan. 2019 When asked how much the next Gigafactory would cost, Musk was optimistic as per usual. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Tesla posts bigger-than-expected loss, bigger-than-expected revenue [Updated]," 1 Aug. 2018 Return to the Stars, a tabletop game and online zine billed as an optimistic hopepunk sci-fi role-playing game, featured a popular essay by Rowland herself on hopepunk as a method of resistance. Aja Romano, Vox, "In the era of Trump and apocalyptic change, Hopepunk is a storytelling template for #resistance — and hanging onto your humanity at all costs.," 27 Dec. 2018 The best books of this year told stories of interstellar colonization, of fantastic magical civilizations, optimistic alternate worlds, and devastating potential futures. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Our favorite science fiction and fantasy books of 2018," 21 Dec. 2018 There are some extremely optimistic articles on this topic. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "What Will Actually Happen to Trump?," 19 Dec. 2018 But there’s more pleasant news this week, or at least more optimistic news, as Daybreak announces Planetside Arena. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Heroes of the Storm winds down, Monster Hunter adds The Witcher's Geralt," 14 Dec. 2018 There's just something about the color that feels earthbound and welcoming, optimistic and intimate. Hannah Morrill, ELLE Decor, "Pantone Just Released Their Color of the Year for 2019," 5 Dec. 2018 Her long view of history—brutally honest and fiercely optimistic—is what draws people to her speeches, both at the park and at her numerous engagements. Shaniqwa Jarvis, Glamour, "The 97-Year-Old Park Ranger Who Doesn’t Have Time for Foolishness," 2 Nov. 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
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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