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

  • "We shall defeat all manner of men," said Bizaro optimistically.

    Bones Edgar Wallace
  • Why in the name of heaven did the doctors in London and New York talk so optimistically to us?

    I Walked in Arden Jack Crawford
  • He optimistically declared that his faith in the old town was firmly fixed.

  • "Pretty good luck all around," responded Hawke, 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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