Definition of wishful in English:

Share this entry

wishful

Pronunciation: /ˈwɪʃfʊl/
/ˈwɪʃf(ə)l/

adjective

1Having or expressing a desire or hope for something to happen: I had heard the same wishful tone over the phone
More example sentences
  • I said in a wishful small voice hoping she'll forgive me and save me the humiliation by just pointing to my desk.
  • It's a simple refusal to acknowledge reality, a wishful desire to escape the order of things.
  • Rowan, who had heard such wishful schemes before, tried not to get his hopes up.
1.1Based on impractical wishes rather than facts: without resources the proposed measures were merely wishful thinking
More example sentences
  • It seems to be based on wishful thinking rather than scientific evidence.
  • The link he assumes between local control and sustainable development is based on wishful thinking.
  • My conviction is based not on wishful thinking, but on my experiences living in a totalitarian regime.

Derivatives

wishfully

Pronunciation: /ˈwɪʃfʊli/ /ˈwɪʃf(ə)li/
adverb
Example sentences
  • ‘Oh, coffee,’ she said wishfully, ‘I'd love a cup of coffee right now.’
  • ‘Surely supper will be ready soon,’ he muttered wishfully.
  • However much he may wishfully assert that stoic silence is a noble virtue, his distress in the first instance is caused by enforced silence and its accompanying feeling of personal oblivion.

wishfulness

Pronunciation: /ˈwɪʃfʊlnəs/ /ˈwɪʃf(ə)lnəs/
noun
Example sentences
  • There's a sort of wistful wishfulness even to the union leaders arguing in favour of it.
  • Now, I wonder if this is plain wishfulness or actually a faulty media plan (one that a good media planner buying time for a package-goods client wouldn't make).
  • But such wishfulness seems to pay off at the box office and in the ratings.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: wish|ful

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.