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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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

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Shulaker, however, is optimistic that his team will be able to make that leap, estimating in the press release that commercial nanotube microprocessors could be available in less than five years. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Milestone Carbon-Nanotube Microchip Sends First Message: ‘Hello World!’," 30 Aug. 2019 But even that amount is optimistic; cost constraints have been an impediment to development for years. Justine Calma, The Verge, "Stripe will pay $1 million a year to take carbon out of the air — but will it work?," 19 Aug. 2019 Employers are adding jobs at a steady pace, the unemployment rate remains near a 50-year low and consumers are optimistic. Marcy Gordon, Dallas News, "Recession in waiting? These two key charts are worth watching," 19 Aug. 2019 His musical conclusion seems to echo the optimistic, if not triumphant, themes of the festival. Mark Clague, The Conversation, "Fifty years ago, Jimi Hendrix’s Woodstock anthem expressed the hopes and fears of a nation," 14 Aug. 2019 Fung was not optimistic about the chance of a revival in the immediate future. Karen Chu, The Hollywood Reporter, "‘Wu Assassins’ Director Stephen Fung Talks Netflix's First Martial Arts Original Series," 7 Aug. 2019 More: Trade war tensions: Consumers aren't optimistic about the U.S. economy More: Sen. Warner: Trump and Russia threatened our democracy. USA TODAY, "Trump arrives in Japan for G20. What to expect from meetings with China's Xi Jinping, Russia's Putin," 27 June 2019 Most top Ohio Democrats aren't optimistic that the conservative-leaning high court will call for congressional district maps to be redrawn ahead of next year's election. Jason Williams, Cincinnati.com, "PX column: The return of Aftab Pureval. See why Democrat might run for Congress again in 2020," 24 June 2019 Bush isn’t optimistic, though, that the president who rode to the White House aided by his harsh tweets and comments will stop. Carol Cain, Detroit Free Press, "Jeb Bush, done with politics, thinks a Democrat who preaches civility will win nomination," 8 June 2019

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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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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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