optimism

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noun op·ti·mism \ˈäp-tə-ˌmi-zəm\

Definition of optimism

  1. 1 :  a doctrine that this world is the best possible world

  2. 2 :  an inclination to put the most favorable construction upon actions and events or to anticipate the best possible outcome expressed optimism about the future of the business the optimism of cheerleaders

optimistic

play \ˌäp-tə-ˈmi-stik\ adjective

optimistically

play \ˌäp-tə-ˈmi-sti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of optimism in a Sentence

  1. Both of them expressed optimism about the future of the town.

  2. The early sales reports are cause for optimism.

  3. There is growing optimism that the problem can be corrected.

  4. He maintains a sense of optimism, despite all that has happened.

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Origin and Etymology of optimism

French optimisme, from Latin optimum, noun, best, from neuter of optimus best; akin to Latin ops power — more at opulent


OPTIMISM Defined for English Language Learners

optimism

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Definition of optimism for English Language Learners

  • : a feeling or belief that good things will happen in the future : a feeling or belief that what you hope for will happen


OPTIMISM Defined for Kids

optimism

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noun op·ti·mism \ˈäp-tə-ˌmi-zəm\

Definition of optimism for Students

  1. :  a feeling or belief that good things will happen


Medical Dictionary

optimism

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noun op·ti·mism \ˈäp-tə-ˌmiz-əm\

Medical Definition of optimism

  1. :  an inclination to put the most favorable construction upon actions and events or to anticipate the best possible outcome

optimist

\-məst\play noun

optimistic

\ˌäp-tə-ˈmis-tik\play adjective


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