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optimistic Line breaks: op¦ti|mis¦tic
Pronunciation: /ɒptɪˈmɪstɪk/

Definition of optimistic in English:


1Hopeful and confident about the future: the optimistic mood of the Sixties the government was optimistic that reform would take place
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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.
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 cheer
1.1(Of an estimate) unrealistically high: previous estimates of whale numbers 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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