- a person who shows promise or aspires to success: the Democratic presidential hopeful.
Origin of hopeful
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1. expectant; sanguine, optimistic, confident.
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Examples from the Web for hopeful
Is there any chance the potential 2016 hopeful will stand up to the right and embrace paid sick leave?Christie Blames Parents for Bad Economy
January 3, 2015
He remained as hopeful as ever that he would himself join the NYPD, whatever the danger.In The Shadow of Murdered Cops
December 26, 2014
Foxx is hopeful that young people are evolving past the point of being preoccupied with race.Jamie Foxx: Get Over the Black ‘Annie’
December 20, 2014
But assuming things were ever that hopeful, heaven was short-lived, and trouble followed.The Sydney Astrologer Turned Islamic Radical
December 16, 2014
Bright-eyed and hopeful, she had become a national celebrity in her home country, even appearing on a TV variety show.The Shocking Death of Miss Honduras
November 19, 2014
We are bound to be hopeful, nor wrong our great-hearted father.
One of whom she had been hopeful, had disappeared—it was supposed with another man's wife.
She leaned over and kissed her father in a hopeful, pretty way.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
Here the Union men were hopeful, but the news from the East was bad.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
When that is removed, I am hopeful that we can take him without bloodshed.The Hunted Outlaw
- having or expressing hope
- giving or inspiring hope; promising
- a person considered to be on the brink of success (esp in the phrase a young hopeful)
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Word Origin and History for hopeful
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