Word Origin See more synonyms for wishful thinking on Thesaurus.com interpretation of facts, actions, words, etc., as one would like them to be rather than as they really are; imagining as actual what is not. Origin of wishful thinking
First recorded in
1925–30 Related forms wishful thinker, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for wishful thinking the erroneous belief that one's wishes are in accordance with reality Derived Forms wishful thinker, noun
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Idioms and Phrases with wishful thinking
Interpreting matters as one would like them to be, as opposed to what they really are. For example,
Matthew wanted to be a basketball player, but with his height that was wishful thinking. This term comes from Freudian psychology of the mid-1920s and soon began to be used more loosely.
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