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  1. disposed to take a favorable view of events or conditions and to expect the most favorable outcome.
  2. reflecting a favorable view of events and conditions and the expectation of a positive outcome; demonstrating optimism: an optimistic plan.
  3. of or relating to optimism.
Sometimes op·ti·mis·ti·cal.

Origin of optimistic

First recorded in 1840–50; optimist + -ic
Related formsop·ti·mis·ti·cal·ly, adverban·ti·op·ti·mis·tic, adjectivean·ti·op·ti·mis·ti·cal, adjectivean·ti·op·ti·mis·ti·cal·ly, adverbnon·op·ti·mis·tic, adjectivenon·op·ti·mis·ti·cal, adjectivenon·op·ti·mis·ti·cal·ly, adverbo·ver·op·ti·mis·tic, adjectiveo·ver·op·ti·mis·ti·cal·ly, adverbpre·op·ti·mis·tic, adjectivesem·i·op·ti·mis·tic, adjectivesem·i·op·ti·mis·ti·cal·ly, adverbsu·per·op·ti·mis·tic, adjectiveun·op·ti·mis·tic, adjectiveun·op·ti·mis·ti·cal, adjectiveun·op·ti·mis·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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Related Words for optimistically

favorably, hopefully, encouragingly

Examples from the Web for optimistically

Contemporary Examples of optimistically

Historical Examples of optimistically

  • "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.


    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