wishful

adjective
wish·​ful | \ ˈwish-fəl How to pronounce wishful (audio) \

Definition of wishful

1a : 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

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Other Words from wishful

wishfully \ ˈwish-​fə-​lē How to pronounce wishfully (audio) \ adverb
wishfulness noun

Examples of wishful in a Sentence

her wishful attempts to change her husband's bad habits
Recent Examples on the Web In the spring and fall, wishful campers have to register with a ranger starting at 8:30 a.m., but in the winter, Camp 4 is run on a self-registration system. Skye Sherman, Travel + Leisure, "Plan Your Next Adventure in the Great Outdoors: 6 Best Campgrounds in Yosemite National Park," 9 Apr. 2020 And, despite some wishful and, undoubtedly, well-meaning thinking, makers of life-saving ventilators, not carmakers, will need to manufacture the devices that are in such critical demand the world over. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Why it’s so hard for tech companies to make ventilators," 26 Mar. 2020 Attention wishful foreign investors and vacation house hunters: The world is your oyster. Michael Kolomatsky, New York Times, "Where Are Global Home Values Rising the Most?," 20 Feb. 2020 The facts of this case stand in stark contrast to the government’s wishful and illusory arguments. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, "Michael Flynn defense: Suppression of FISA report warrants 'death penalty' for prosecution," 18 Feb. 2020 Previous efforts to model human vision made wishful assumptions about the architecture of the visual cortex. Wired, "A Single Math Model Explains Many Mysteries of Vision," 25 Aug. 2019 Suddenly, as Matt Nagy’s team prepares for its final game of October, all the once-wishful Super Bowl thoughts have been replaced with fear. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Daywatch: CTU gets support from Warren and Biden, Lightfoot’s budget plan seeks to avoid property tax hike and Chicago’s top cop will skip Trump speech," 23 Oct. 2019 Previous efforts to model human vision made wishful assumptions about the architecture of the visual cortex. Wired, "A Single Math Model Explains Many Mysteries of Vision," 25 Aug. 2019 Power exemplifies this wishful non-thinking and evasion of responsibility. Brian Stewart, National Review, "The Education of a Cynic," 5 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of wishful

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of wishful was in 1593

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“Wishful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wishful. Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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wishful

adjective
How to pronounce wishful (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of wishful

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

wishful

adjective
wish·​ful | \ ˈwish-fəl How to pronounce wishful (audio) \

Kids Definition of wishful

: having, showing, or based on a wish

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