op·​ti·​mis·​tic | \ ˌäp-tə-ˈmi-stik How to pronounce optimistic (audio) \

Essential Meaning of optimistic

: having or showing hope for the future : expecting good things to happen : hopeful Both of them were optimistic about the future of the town. He has an optimistic view of the company's future. See More ExamplesPeople are increasingly optimistic that the problem can be corrected. Somehow he remained optimistic despite all that had happened to him.Hide

Full Definition of optimistic

: of, relating to, or characterized by optimism : feeling or showing hope for the future an optimistic outlook an optimistic economic forecast a person with a hopeful, optimistic nature I'm feeling optimistic about our chances. The streets in question were magnificent commercial thoroughfares, … brimming with heavy streams of eager life—young, fresh, optimistic.— Theodore Dreiser

Other Words from optimistic

optimistically \ ˌäp-​tə-​ˈmi-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce optimistic (audio) \ adverb
thinking optimistically about the future an optimistically upbeat forecast Optimistically, he anticipates that nuclear weapons … will never be used in war again … — Russell F. Weigley

Examples of optimistic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But doctors are cautiously optimistic that the omicron version of the virus does not generally cause symptoms as severe as previous versions. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, 4 Jan. 2022 Early indications have suggested less-deadly outcomes, leaving forecasters cautiously optimistic, said Liz Young, the chief investment officer at SoFi. NBC News, 27 Dec. 2021 In the face of ongoing issues, the industry remains cautiously optimistic about the health of the sector in 2022, with members giving it a 7.9 out of 10 in the Kitchen & Bath Market Index third-quarter report. Regina Cole, Forbes, 9 Dec. 2021 More western monarch butterflies are migrating to California for the winter this year, and biologists are cautiously optimistic that this is just the beginning of their resurgence. Catherine Garcia, The Week, 30 Nov. 2021 An ambulance arrived and both patients were given oxygen, but Joe was not optimistic about their prognosis. Henri Hollis, ajc, 31 Dec. 2021 With passenger counts over the Thanksgiving holiday approaching 90% of 2019 levels, airlines were optimistic about a continuing December rebound, only to be caught flat-footed by the virus’ latest variant. Justin George And Ian Duncan, Anchorage Daily News, 29 Dec. 2021 Other researchers are feeling optimistic about nasal-spray vaccines that could tickle out airway-specific immune responses. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 29 Dec. 2021 Kelly is optimistic about the economy's ability to shrug off Omicron, in part because of Spider-Man. Matt Egan, CNN, 28 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of optimistic

1834, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for optimistic

optimist + -ic entry 1

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“Optimistic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/optimistic. Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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op·​ti·​mis·​tic | \ ˌäp-tə-ˈmi-stik \

Kids Definition of optimistic

: expecting good things to happen : hopeful We are optimistic about the future.

Other Words from optimistic

optimistically \ -​sti-​kə-​lē , -​sti-​klē \ adverb

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