having or showing a wish; desirous; longing.

1515–25; wish + -ful

wishfully, adverb
wishfulness, noun
unwishful, adjective
unwishfully, adverb
unwishfulness, noun
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wishful (ˈwɪʃfʊl)
having wishes or characterized by wishing

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Example sentences
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.
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