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

Other Words from optimistic

optimistically \ ˌäp-​tə-​ˈmi-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce optimistic (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 Pinto's most probable scenario rests on two key assumptions that could prove too optimistic. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 26 June 2022 That assumption could, again, turn out to be too optimistic or too pessimistic. William Baldwin, Forbes, 16 June 2022 Despite the circumstances, the farmer is optimistic. Dominique Soguel, The Christian Science Monitor, 14 June 2022 Yet while predicting the course of events from here is intrepid, there are reasons to be optimistic. Mark Zandi For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, 9 June 2022 The top Democratic negotiator, Sen. Chris Murphy (Conn.), was optimistic Tuesday after briefing President Biden on the talks. Timothy Bella, Washington Post, 8 June 2022 Maddon, 68, was optimistic early Tuesday morning that the Angels could still turn things around in a text message to USA TODAY Sports. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, 7 June 2022 More broadly, the outcome suggests that the GOP’s long-running assumption of Trump’s infallibility may be slightly too optimistic for the MAGA crowd. Philip Elliott, Time, 11 May 2022 Wall Street, as is its wont, was too optimistic about how long and how far this transformation would go. Greg Ip, WSJ, 4 May 2022 See More

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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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