optimistic

 , pessimistic
 Strictly speaking, both words should be used to describe a general outlook rather than a specific view, particularly with regard to the inconsequential. "He was optimistic that he would find the missing book" would be better with "was hopeful" or "was confident."

Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors. 2013.

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  • Optimistic — Op ti*mis tic, a. 1. (Metaph.) Of or pertaining to optimism; tending, or conforming, to the opinion that all events are ordered for the best. [1913 Webster] 2. Hopeful; sanguine; as, an optimistic view. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • optimistic — index sanguine Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • optimistic — (adj.) 1845, from OPTIMIST (Cf. optimist) + IC (Cf. ic). Related: Optimistically …   Etymology dictionary

  • optimistic — *hopeful, roseate, rose colored Analogous words: *confident, sanguine, assured: cheerful, lighthearted, joyous, *glad Antonyms: pessimistic Contrasted words: *cynical, misanthropic …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • optimistic — [adj] believing positively assured, bright, buoyant, cheerful, cheering, confident, encouraged, expectant, happy, high, hopeful, hoping, idealistic, keeping the faith, merry, on cloud nine*, on top of world*, positive, promising, ray of sunshine* …   New thesaurus

  • optimistic — adj. 1) cautiously; incurably optimistic 2) optimistic about, over 3) optimistic that + clause (we are optimistic that the results will be favorable) * * * [ˌɒptɪ mɪstɪk] incurably optimistic over cautiously optimistic about optimistic that +… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • optimistic — op|ti|mis|tic [ˌɔptımıstık US ˌa:p ] adj 1.) believing that good things will happen in the future ≠ ↑pessimistic optimistic about ▪ Bankers are cautiously optimistic about the country s economic future. optimistic (that) ▪ We are still relatively …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • optimistic */*/ — UK [ˌɒptɪˈmɪstɪk] / US [ˌɑptɪˈmɪstɪk] adjective 1) a) someone who is optimistic is hopeful about the future and tends to expect that good things will happen optimistic about: She said that she was optimistic about the future of the company.… …   English dictionary

  • optimistic — adj. VERBS ▪ appear, be, feel, look, seem, sound ▪ become ▪ remain, stay …   Collocations dictionary

  • optimistic — op|ti|mis|tic [ ,aptı mıstık ] adjective ** 1. ) someone who is optimistic is hopeful about the future and tends to expect that good things will happen: optimistic about: She said that she was optimistic about the future of the company. be/remain …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • optimistic — optimist op‧ti‧mist [ˈɒptmɪst ǁ ˈɑːp ] noun [countable] someone who believes things will get better or be more successful in the future: • As major companies in this sector continue to show poor results, even optimists are getting worried.… …   Financial and business terms

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