disposed to take a favorable view of events or conditions and to expect the most favorable outcome.
reflecting a favorable view of events and conditions and the expectation of a positive outcome; demonstrating :
an optimistic plan.
of or relating to .
Contemporary Examples

We might very well inclined to be optimistic about housing unless the evidence is overwhelming that we should not be.
Housing Expert Robert Shiller Isn’t Sure Housing Is Back Matthew Zeitlin September 17, 2012

When I got home, on closer study, I found out we were way too optimistic.
Van Dyke Parks on How Songwriters Are Getting Screwed in the Digital Age Van Dyke Parks June 3, 2014

Now the McCanns have been given a new reason to be optimistic.
Madeleine McCann’s Parents Get Fresh Hope as Operation Grange IDs 20 Barbie Latza Nadeau May 19, 2013

Yes, he is optimistic that this will go all the way to the Supreme Court.
Unemployed Ken Cuccinelli Finds a Job With Rand Paul Suing Obama Michelle Cottle February 12, 2014

Even against a challenging backdrop, the revisionist camp represented by Jackson and others is optimistic.
Selling the Civil War to African Americans David A. Graham April 11, 2011

Historical Examples

“Not girls like you,” Carl ventured, determined to be optimistic.
Carl and the Cotton Gin Sara Ware Bassett

Mechanically, you raise your hand to lift away your optimistic spectacles.
De Libris: Prose and Verse Austin Dobson

There is an optimistic theory of nature according to which wherever there is natural law there is also natural harmony.
Human Nature and Conduct John Dewey

Hope it will work out all right; and am inclined to be optimistic.
It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson

Miss Jones, who was happy and optimistic to-day, talked in a tenderly reminiscent tone of her youth.
Jeremy Hugh Walpole


1845, from optimist + -ic. Related: Optimistical (1809); optimistically.


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