Definitions for optimismˈɒp təˌmɪz əm

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  1. optimism(noun)

    the optimistic feeling that all is going to turn out well

  2. optimism(noun)

    a general disposition to expect the best in all things

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  1. Optimism(n.)

    A habitual tendency or a present disposition to take the most hopeful view of future events, and to expect a favorable outcome even when unfavorable outcomes are possible; -- opposed to pessimism.

  2. Origin: [L. optimus the best; akin to optio choice: cf. F. optimisme. See Option.]

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  1. optimism(Noun)

    a tendency to expect the best, or at least, a favourable outcome

    I love her youth, her beauty and above all her optimism that everything will turn out fine.

  2. optimism(Noun)

    the doctrine that this world is the best of all possible worlds

  3. optimism(Noun)

    the belief that good will eventually triumph over evil

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  1. Optimism

    Optimism is a mental attitude or world view that interprets situations and events as being best, meaning that in some way for factors that may not be fully comprehended, the present moment is in an optimum state. The concept is typically extended to include the attitude of hope for future conditions unfolding as optimal as well. The more broad concept of optimism is the understanding that all of nature, past, present and future, operates by laws of optimization along the lines of Hamilton's principle of optimization in the realm of physics. This understanding, although criticized by counter views such as pessimism, idealism and realism, leads to a state of mind that believes everything is as it should be, and that the future will be as well. A common idiom used to illustrate optimism versus pessimism is a glass with water at the halfway point, where the optimist is said to see the glass as half full, but the pessimist sees the glass as half empty. The word is originally derived from the Latin optimum, meaning "best." Being optimistic, in the typical sense of the word, ultimately means one expects the best possible outcome from any given situation. This is usually referred to in psychology as dispositional optimism.

The Nuttall EncyclopediaRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. Optimism

    the doctrine or belief that in the system of things all that happens, the undesirable no less than the desirable, is for the best.

The Roycroft DictionaryRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. optimism

    1. The instinct to lie. 2. Fatty degeneration of intelligence. 3. A philosophical system that attempts to demonstrate the existence of a pre-established Stupidity. 4. To believe that disease, dirt, earthquakes, fires, wars, politicians, blindness, and burial alive, celebrate and enhance the Glory of God. 5. To whistle while passing a cemetery in the night; to sing a hymn while having a tooth pulled; to smile while being robbed. 6. A tipple invented by Leigh Mitchell Hodges, the basis of which is clams and prune juice. 7. A kind of heart stimulant--the digitalis of failure.

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  1. optimism

    What a programmer is full of after fixing the last bug and before discovering the next last bug. Fred Brooks's book The Mythical Man-Month (See Brooks's Law) contains the following paragraph that describes this extremely well: All programmers are optimists. Perhaps this modern sorcery especially attracts those who believe in happy endings and fairy godmothers. Perhaps the hundreds of nitty frustrations drive away all but those who habitually focus on the end goal. Perhaps it is merely that computers are young, programmers are younger, and the young are always optimists. But however the selection process works, the result is indisputable: “This time it will surely run,” or “I just found the last bug.”. See also Lubarsky's Law of Cybernetic Entomology.

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    A cheerful frame of mind that enables a tea-kettle to sing though in hot water up to its nose.

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