a person who shows promise or aspires to success: the Democratic presidential hopeful.
- hope·ful·ness, noun
- un·hope·ful, adjective
- un·hope·ful·ly, adverb
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How to use hopeful in a sentence
She’s hopeful the project will help us better understand why we don’t talk about sex and sexual health publicly—and, ideally, start to walk back puritanical norms about bodies and appropriateness.
I believe that we will see a time — I’m hopeful in my daughter’s lifetime and I pray that I’m around to see it — that women are protected in the Constitution.Actress, Mother, Activist Alyssa Milano on Life as a Triple Threat | Esabelle Lee | February 11, 2021 | Ozy
Asked to share their approach to an uncertain future, four media executives said they remain hopeful for a partial return this year, but that policies will emphasize patience, caution and flexibility to employees’ varying needs and comfort levels.Publishers look to allay employee fears over a return to the office by offering additional flexibility | Jessica Davies | February 10, 2021 | Digiday
The engineer working on Google Search Console was great, and heard me out, but I didn’t leave that conversation feeling we would see an API any time soon… although I was hopeful we might see one in the future.Quest for more coverage: Making a case for larger exports from Google Search Console’s Coverage reporting | Glenn Gabe | February 9, 2021 | Search Engine Land
We’re hopeful Johnson & Johnson will recognize they are making this vaccine here in Baltimore and it would be a shame if Baltimoreans didn’t directly benefit from it.Officials in D.C. region try to combat vaccine hesitancy while seeking more doses | Jenna Portnoy, Rebecca Tan, Michael Brice-Saddler | February 8, 2021 | Washington Post
Is there any chance the potential 2016 hopeful will stand up to the right and embrace paid sick leave?
He remained as hopeful as ever that he would himself join the NYPD, whatever the danger.
Foxx is hopeful that young people are evolving past the point of being preoccupied with race.
But assuming things were ever that hopeful, heaven was short-lived, and trouble followed.
In our screenings, he always sits in the same corner chair and always looks hopeful, no matter what the movie.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days | David Freeman | December 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The conclusion is reached that, despite these drawbacks, the Jesuit mission in Canada has made a hopeful beginning.
“A hopeful family yours, Mr. Trotter,” said Perker, sealing a letter which he had just finished writing.The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, v. 2(of 2) | Charles Dickens
The feeling is hopeful if only we had more men and especially drafts to fill up our weakened battalions.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I | Ian Hamilton
She reminded him as she stood there then, of a serious young literary woman, and he was made hopeful by her visit.The Homesteader | Oscar Micheaux
He had a hopeful, sunny nature, and never looked upon the dark side of things if he could help it.Dorothy at Skyrie | Evelyn Raymond
British Dictionary definitions for hopeful
having or expressing hope
giving or inspiring hope; promising
a person considered to be on the brink of success (esp in the phrase a young hopeful)
- hopefulness, noun
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