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[op-tuh-mis-tik] /ˌɒp təˈmɪs tɪk/
disposed to take a favorable view of events or conditions and to expect the most favorable outcome.
reflecting a favorable view of events and conditions and the expectation of a positive outcome; demonstrating optimism:
an optimistic plan.
of or relating to optimism.
Also, optimistical.
Origin of optimistic
1840-50; optimist + -ic
Related forms
optimistically, adverb
antioptimistic, adjective
antioptimistical, adjective
antioptimistically, adverb
nonoptimistic, adjective
nonoptimistical, adjective
nonoptimistically, adverb
overoptimistic, adjective
overoptimistically, adverb
preoptimistic, adjective
semioptimistic, adjective
semioptimistically, adverb
superoptimistic, adjective
unoptimistic, adjective
unoptimistical, adjective
unoptimistically, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for optimistic
  • Yet there was something inextinguishable about her-something patient and optimistic.
  • His optimistic philosophy has hardened into a creed, with the usual effects of a creed in closing the avenues of truth.
  • Philosophy, according to my optimistic friend, naturally inhabits the tenements.
  • The index is rising because builders are optimistic that sales will rise this year.
  • Many researchers are optimistic that the present retrenchment actually bodes well for the long-term success of genetic medicines.
  • For this year's wildfire season, the scientists are optimistic.
  • One optimistic finding is that condom use is up worldwide.
  • Many of us have healthy, optimistic stories that serve us well.
  • Supporters are optimistic that the bill in one form or another could resurface in future legislative sessions.
  • Experts are optimistic, they believe the long term survival of this species is looking much brighter.
Word Origin and History for optimistic

1845, from optimist + -ic. Related: Optimistical (1809); optimistically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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