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hopeful

adjective

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(Entry 1 of 2)

1 having qualities which inspire hope
  • economists are offering a hopeful forecast for a healthy economy in the coming year

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2 pointing toward a happy outcome
  • in a hopeful response to the ad, several people called to say they'd seen our lost cat

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hopeful

noun

Synonyms & Antonyms of hopeful (Entry 2 of 2)

one who seeks an office, honor, position, or award
  • the three mayoral hopefuls are going to debate on local TV

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The first known use of hopeful was in 1568

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“Hopeful.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/hopeful. Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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