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hopeful

[hohp-fuh l] /ˈhoʊp fəl/
adjective
1.
full of hope; expressing hope:
His hopeful words stimulated optimism.
2.
exciting hope; promising advantage or success:
a hopeful prospect.
noun
3.
a person who shows promise or aspires to success:
the Democratic presidential hopeful.
Origin
1560-1570
1560-70; hope + -ful
Related forms
hopefulness, noun
unhopeful, adjective
unhopefully, adverb
Synonyms
1. expectant; sanguine, optimistic, confident.
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  • Amid trepidation, the new regime is making a remarkably hopeful start.
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  • Bush's campaign isn't going over too well with the presidential hopeful.
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  • It was a rare and hopeful gesture for two countries usually plagued by mutual suspicion.
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  • Fascinating and hopeful research in shedding light on poor social functioning.
  • Still, economists are hopeful the economy will rebound in the second half of next year.
  • As every hopeful contributor knows, there are variations within even this evaluative system.
British Dictionary definitions for hopeful

hopeful

/ˈhəʊpfʊl/
adjective
1.
having or expressing hope
2.
giving or inspiring hope; promising
noun
3.
a person considered to be on the brink of success (esp in the phrase a young hopeful)
Derived Forms
hopefulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for hopeful
adj.

c.1200, from hope + -ful. As a noun, "one on whom hopes are set," from 1720. Related: Hopefulness.

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