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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Other Words from optimistic

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 And, as Justin Phillips reports, local restaurant owners are feeling cautiously optimistic about the industry’s future for the first time in months. Anna Buchmann, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: Heat, wind and air quality worsen as wildfires rage," 1 Oct. 2020 While the new system will surely take some getting used to, Kang is cautiously optimistic that with certain rules in place, that their show about a zombie virus can survive a coronavirus. Dalton Ross, EW.com, "The Walking Dead showrunner shares COVID-19 filming plans," 29 Sep. 2020 Minnesota military leaders are cautiously optimistic. Reid Forgrave, Star Tribune, "Minnesota National Guard confronts mental health issues head on," 28 Sep. 2020 Officials are cautiously optimistic about the project and say if several hundred thousand Oregonians use it, the technology could help slow spread of the virus in a meaningful way. oregonlive, "Your phone could determine if you’ve been exposed to coronavirus. Oregon’s ready to embrace the tech," 18 Sep. 2020 Despite the questions, industry analysts are cautiously optimistic about the technology. Larissa Zimberoff, Bloomberg.com, "Startups Race to Develop Tech That Can Clear Workplaces of Covid," 18 Sep. 2020 Athletic Director Ray Anderson is cautiously optimistic but, like Scott, sees the hurdles ahead. Michelle Gardner, The Arizona Republic, "Will decision by Big Ten to play football this fall force the Pac-12's hand?," 16 Sep. 2020 Six months on and, while Kenyans aren’t quite breathing a sigh of relief, many are cautiously optimistic. Olivia Goldhill, Quartz, "Scientists are trying to explain why so few Kenyans are dying of coronavirus," 9 Sep. 2020 Tenant advocates in Michigan are cautiously optimistic, said Kellie Maki Foster, staff development director at Lakeshore Legal Aid. Nushrat Rahman, Detroit Free Press, "Housing advocates, courts, landlords navigate surprise CDC order halting evictions," 2 Sep. 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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The first known use of optimistic was in 1834

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16 Oct 2020

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“Optimistic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/optimistic. Accessed 23 Oct. 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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