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.
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WISHFUL THINKING Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of wishful thinking for English Language Learners
: an attitude or belief that something you want to happen will happen even though it is not likely or possible
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