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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 optimistically
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  • "Perhaps the second act's better," said Jill optimistically.

    Jill the Reckless P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
  • "We shall defeat all manner of men," said Bizaro optimistically.

    Bones Edgar Wallace
  • "Oh, then they'll have a nice long talk and settle it all," said Dodo optimistically.

    Dodo Wonders E. F. Benson
  • He optimistically declared that his faith in the old town was firmly fixed.

  • “Well, things will be better this fall,” remarked Jane optimistically.

Word Origin and History for optimistically



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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