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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
1560-70; hope + -ful
Related forms
hopefulness, noun
unhopeful, adjective
unhopefully, adverb
Synonyms
1. expectant; sanguine, optimistic, confident.
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  • "I will go and see," and I ran out again, still not unhopeful.

    Carette of Sark John Oxenham
  • It is true we have not yet done much in public-houses, but, as you saw just now, it is not an unhopeful field.

    Post Haste R.M. Ballantyne
  • When Mazzini arrived at Lyons, he found an unhopeful plan in preparation for raiding Savoy.

    The Life of Mazzini Bolton King
  • unhopeful of any turn for the better, they regarded every change as capable only of increasing their burden.

    Mother Maksim Gorky
  • Books she sought in every accessible, and found occasionally in an unhopeful quarter.

    Heather and Snow George MacDonald
  • I was weary and unhopeful, and so, perhaps, trod more safely the somewhat devious and perplexing path that lay before me.

    Rutledge Miriam Coles Harris
  • “The name sounds sort of unhopeful,” ventured Mr. Gubb timidly.

  • It would be quite wrong, however, to regard Redmond's attitude in these days as unhopeful.

  • The very ocean sighing heaves In pity its unhopeful breast, Like some good friend that knows and grieves.

  • She told all this with the resigned and unhopeful manner of one who has always been accustomed to suffer.

British Dictionary definitions for unhopeful

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 unhopeful

hopeful

adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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