Definition of optimistic in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌäptəˈmistik/


1Hopeful and confident about the future: the optimistic mood of the sixties he was optimistic about the deal
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  • 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.
hopeful, confident, positive, cheerful, cheery, sanguine, bright, buoyant, full of hope, bullish, Panglossian, Pollyannaish
informal upbeat
dated of good cheer
encouraging, promising, hopeful, reassuring, favorable, auspicious, propitious
1.1Involving an overestimate: previous estimates may be wildly optimistic
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  • 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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Syllabification: op·ti·mis·tic

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