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Syllabification: op·ti·mis·tic
Pronunciation: /ˌäptəˈmistik

Definition of optimistic in English:


1Hopeful and confident about the future: the optimistic mood of the sixties he was optimistic about the deal
More example sentences
  • 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.
1.1Involving an overestimate: previous estimates may be wildly optimistic
More 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.



Pronunciation: /-ik(ə)lē/
Example sentences
  • 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.

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