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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Business owners appear very optimistic about the project as well as the future of trade between the two countries. San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Nov. 2022 The mood among the exchanges is subdued but optimistic. WIRED, 18 Nov. 2022 Viola is the loveliest of heroines, warm, cheerful, and stubbornly optimistic, even while nursing a healthy degree of pragmatism. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 17 Nov. 2022 But the union argues that the snapshot provided was too small of a sample size to present such and optimistic outlook. Michael Lee, Fox News, 16 Nov. 2022 Wall Street analysts have been slashing profit forecasts at a pace rarely seen outside recessions—and still seem optimistic. James Mackintosh, WSJ, 13 Nov. 2022 In the 20-seat Alaska Senate, Democrats were crunching the numbers and increasingly optimistic about picking up two seats to hold a total of nine. Sean Maguire, Anchorage Daily News, 12 Nov. 2022 That is not the most optimistic way for Scheyer to begin what might be the most scrutinized transition in modern American sports. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 7 Nov. 2022 That’s a highly optimistic way of looking at the situation. Chris Miller, Time, 5 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History


optimist + -ic entry 1

First Known Use

1834, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of optimistic was in 1834

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“Optimistic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/optimistic. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition



: showing optimism : expecting everything to come out all right : hopeful

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