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wishful

[wish-fuh l] /ˈwɪʃ fəl/
adjective
1.
having or showing a wish; desirous; longing.
Origin
1515-1525
1515-25; wish + -ful
Related forms
wishfully, adverb
wishfulness, noun
unwishful, adjective
unwishfully, adverb
unwishfulness, noun
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Examples from the web for wishful
  • The holidays bring out the wishful thinker in all of us.
  • It is wishful thinking at best to believe that the carving depicts a stegosaur.
  • The deceptions run the gamut from purported natural disasters to wishful news.
  • At first the prediction struck me as wishful thinking.
  • The idea behind the super-committee was pretty straightforward, if laced with wishful thinking.
  • So in a sense, it went from being a cynical story to being a movie about wishful thinking.
  • Giving a new twist to the phrase wishful thinking, scientists have demonstrated that thoughts alone can enable action.
  • In this view, notions of technological autonomy are simply wishful thinking on our part.
  • But there is widespread ignorance about stem cells and wishful thinking about how quickly their potential will be achieved.
  • Don't dare to use what little logic you have left after a life of wishful thinking.
British Dictionary definitions for wishful

wishful

/ˈwɪʃfʊl/
adjective
1.
having wishes or characterized by wishing
Derived Forms
wishfully, adverb
wishfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for wishful
adj.

1520s, from wish (n.) + -ful. Related: Wishfully; wishfulness. Wishful thinking is recorded from 1932.

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