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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. 2017.
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  • "Not girls like you," Carl ventured, determined to be optimistic.

    Carl and the Cotton Gin Sara Ware Bassett
  • Johnston's optimistic attitude just didn't jibe with the facts.

    The Measure of a Man Randall Garrett
  • There is an optimistic theory of nature according to which wherever there is natural law there is also natural harmony.

  • No; on the contrary, I am the most optimistic man in the world.

    The Place of Honeymoons Harold MacGrath
  • Miss Jones, who was happy and optimistic to-day, talked in a tenderly reminiscent tone of her youth.

    Jeremy Hugh Walpole
Word Origin and History for optimistic

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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