overoptimism

noun over·op·ti·mism \ ˌō-vər-ə-ˈäp-tə-ˌmi-zəm \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of overoptimism

: an excessive or unrealistic degree of optimism
  • … folks tend toward overoptimism about their prospects and their skills.
  • —Bill Alpert

overoptimistic

play \ˌō-vər-ə-ˌäp-tə-ˈmi-stik\ adjective
    • overoptimistic projections for the future

overoptimistically

play \ˌō-vər-ə-ˌäp-tə-ˈmi-sti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
    • Wilma values her car at $10,000 and overoptimistically thinks she can sell it for $20,000, which is more than anyone will actually pay.
    • —Sanford Ikeda

First Known Use of overoptimism

1898


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