wishful thinking


Definition of wishful thinking

: 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

The idea that the enemy will immediately surrender is nothing more than wishful thinking.
Recent Examples on the Web But if health holds out, optimism for an uptick in outside linebacker production for 2022 isn’t wishful thinking. oregonlive, 10 May 2022 The potential for this approach to help prevent gun violence is not wishful thinking. Jens Ludwig, CNN, 23 Apr. 2022 In the wishful thinking of Republican leaders, her election seemed to offer a model for how the forces that Trump represented might be safely, and profitably, assimilated into the Republican establishment. New York Times, 22 Apr. 2021 Wishful thinking about playing with his son, Bronny, is just wishful thinking. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, 26 Feb. 2022 Climate scientists who study and project the Colorado’s flows as the region warms believe even 11 million acre-feet could be wishful thinking. Brandon Loomis, The Arizona Republic, 21 Mar. 2022 But their aspirations depend also on Western governments, whose initial reaction, say critics, was delayed and undermined by wishful thinking. Washington Post, 16 Mar. 2022 Bliss made steps toward changing that with a steak crowned by a tower of onion rings held upright by wishful thinking and a waiter’s steady hand. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, 3 Mar. 2022 Like the tech industry, the senior ranks of the officer corps are dominated by wishful thinking. Samuel Goldman, The Week, 10 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of wishful thinking

1932, in the meaning defined above

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15 May 2022

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“Wishful thinking.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wishful%20thinking. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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