- 1Hopefulness and confidence about the future or the successful outcome of something: the talks had been amicable, and there were grounds for optimismMore example sentences
- I think in the '60s there was a certain amount of optimism about the future in technology.
- Young officers like me could look forward to the future with confidence, hope and optimism.
- Princess Anne officially reopened Westbury Dairies offering words of hope and optimism for the future of the plant.
- 2 Philosophy The doctrine, especially as set forth by Leibniz, that this world is the best of all possible worlds.More example sentences
- His early optimism was soon overshadowed by a radical doctrine of grace.
- Candide, Voltaire's critique of optimism, is itself an ineliminably upbeat book.
- 2.1The belief that good must ultimately prevail over evil in the universe.More example sentences
- Natural theology was above all a counsel of optimism, a belief in the essential goodness of the Creator.
- I have great faith in optimism as a philosophy, if only because it offers us the opportunity of self-fulfilling prophecy.
- Subsequent wars and revolutions have made Kant's optimism unfashionable.
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- Demand may already have overtaken production, and even extreme optimists predict that production will peak before 2015.
- Call them the grand optimists of American small business, if you like.
- Where did the optimists think the traffic would go?
mid 18th century: from French optimisme, from Latin optimum 'best thing' (see optimum).