- 1Hopeful and confident about the future: the optimistic mood of the Sixties the government was optimistic that reform would take placeMore example sentences
cheerful, cheery, positive, confident, hopeful, sanguine, bullish, buoyant, bright; disposed to look on the bright side, inclined to look through rose-coloured spectacles, always expecting the best, full of hope, Pollyannaish, Panglossian• informal upbeat• archaic of good cheerencouraging, promising, hopeful, bright, rosy, reassuring, favourable, auspicious, propitious
- I'm optimistic that the future is going to turn out more successful than the past.
- Mentors encourage change by making others feel hopeful and optimistic about the future.
- But David Shenk is not so optimistic that collectively our culture can slow down.
- 1.1(Of an estimate) unrealistically high: previous estimates of whale numbers may be wildly optimisticMore example sentences
- An optimistic estimate would probably be a couple of hundred pounds.
- The most optimistic estimates predict less than half this number will actually turn out.
- George may very well have been justified in his optimistic estimate.
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- Rather optimistically, I tested the pump and filter combination on a weekend trip to British Columbia, where it worked perfectly.
- No one speaks optimistically about the near future.
- But, optimistically, she took the doctor's painkillers and went against his advice not to dance in the show.