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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.
Sometimes, optimistical.
Origin of optimistic
First recorded in 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. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for optimistic
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  • Mechanically, you raise your hand to lift away your optimistic spectacles.

  • Hope it will work out all right; and am inclined to be optimistic.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • "That is only nerves," said Cornish, who was ever optimistic and cheerful.

    Roden's Corner Henry Seton Merriman
  • And he is so optimistic and willing, and his notes are so golden with the yellow of sunshine!

    The Forest Stewart Edward White
  • Giving my opinion as a lawyer, I could not take an optimistic view of the matter.

    Lotus Buds

    Amy Carmichael
Word Origin and History for optimistic

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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