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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 optimistically
  • Those figures could adjust your calculations, if you think more optimistically.
  • Interstellar travel is optimistically centuries in our future, and may well simply be practically speaking impossible.
  • And you know things are dire when people optimistically greet the discovery that meat-eating ants are devouring the toads.
  • The oil firms optimistically interpret the delay as meaning that they are winning their argument against paying more tax.
  • Some optimistically reckon that's as high as it needs to go.
  • Second, because they are looking optimistically to the long term.
  • We all would rather be looking at a crisis optimistically, but it is more vital to be reasonable.
  • They optimistically reunite at the train station following a couple phone calls.
Word Origin and History for optimistically



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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