wishful

adjective wish·ful \ ˈwish-fəl \

Definition of wishful

1 a :expressive of a wish :hopeful
  • looked at the toys with wishful eyes
b :having a wish :desirous
2 :according with wishes rather than reality
  • wishful dreams

wishfully

play \ˈwish-fə-lē\ adverb

wishfulness

noun

Examples of wishful in a Sentence

  1. her wishful attempts to change her husband's bad habits

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First Known Use of wishful

1593


WISHFUL Defined for English Language Learners

wishful

adjective

Definition of wishful for English Language Learners

  • : showing a belief that something will happen or succeed even though it is not likely to happen or succeed


WISHFUL Defined for Kids

wishful

adjective wish·ful \ ˈwish-fəl \

Definition of wishful for Students

:having, showing, or based on a wish

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