wishful thinking

noun
Updated on: 19 May 2018
: the attribution of reality to what one wishes to be true or the tenuous justification of what one wants to believe

Examples of wishful thinking in a Sentence

  1. The idea that the enemy will immediately surrender is nothing more than wishful thinking.

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First Known Use of wishful thinking

1932

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WISHFUL THINKING Defined for English Language Learners

wishful thinking

  • : an attitude or belief that something you want to happen will happen even though it is not likely or possible


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