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hopeful

adjective

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(Entry 1 of 2)

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

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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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/hopeful. Accessed 16 December 2019.

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