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hopeful

[hohp-fuh l] /ˈhoʊp fəl/
adjective
1.
full of hope; expressing hope:
His hopeful words stimulated optimism.
2.
exciting hope; promising advantage or success:
a hopeful prospect.
noun
3.
a person who shows promise or aspires to success:
the Democratic presidential hopeful.
Origin of hopeful
1560-1570
First recorded in 1560-70; hope + -ful
Related forms
hopefulness, noun
unhopeful, adjective
unhopefully, adverb
Synonyms
1. expectant; sanguine, optimistic, confident.
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  • We are bound to be hopeful, nor wrong our great-hearted father.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • One of whom she had been hopeful, had disappeared—it was supposed with another man's wife.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • 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 Anonymous
British Dictionary definitions for hopeful

hopeful

/ˈhəʊpfʊl/
adjective
1.
having or expressing hope
2.
giving or inspiring hope; promising
noun
3.
a person considered to be on the brink of success (esp in the phrase a young hopeful)
Derived Forms
hopefulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for hopeful
adj.

c.1200, from hope + -ful. As a noun, "one on whom hopes are set," from 1720. Related: Hopefulness.

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