[ hohp-fuhl ]
/ ˈhoʊp fəl /


full of hope; expressing hope: His hopeful words stimulated optimism.
exciting hope; promising advantage or success: a hopeful prospect.


a person who shows promise or aspires to success: the Democratic presidential hopeful.

Origin of hopeful

First recorded in 1560–70; hope + -ful

Related forms

hope·ful·ness, nounun·hope·ful, adjectiveun·hope·ful·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for hopefulness


/ (ˈhəʊpfʊl) /


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)

Derived Forms

hopefulness, noun
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