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Princeton's WordNet

  1. optimisticadjective

    expecting the best in this best of all possible worlds

    "in an optimistic mood"; "optimistic plans"; "took an optimistic view"

  2. affirmative, optimisticadjective

    expecting the best

    "an affirmative outlook"


  1. optimisticadjective

    Expecting the best in all possible ways.


  1. Optimistic

    Optimism is an attitude reflecting a belief or hope that the outcome of some specific endeavor, or outcomes in general, will be positive, favorable, and desirable. A common idiom used to illustrate optimism versus pessimism is a glass filled with water to the halfway point: an optimist is said to see the glass as half full, while a pessimist sees the glass as half empty. The term derives from the Latin optimum, meaning "best". Being optimistic, in the typical sense of the word, is defined as expecting the best possible outcome from any given situation. This is usually referred to in psychology as dispositional optimism. It thus reflects a belief that future conditions will work out for the best. For this reason, it is seen as a trait that fosters resilience in the face of stress.Theories of optimism include dispositional models and models of explanatory style. Methods to measure optimism have been developed within both of these theoretical approaches, such as various forms of the Life Orientation Test for the original dispositional definition of optimism and the Attributional Style Questionnaire designed to test optimism in terms of explanatory style. Variation in optimism and pessimism is somewhat heritable and reflects biological trait systems to some degree. It is also influenced by environmental factors, including family environment, with some suggesting it can be learned. Optimism may also be linked to health.


  1. optimistic

    Optimistic is an adjective that describes a hopeful and positive outlook or attitude. Optimistic individuals expect the best possible outcome in every situation, believe that good will prevail over bad, and see challenges or difficulties as opportunities for growth or improvement.


  1. Optimistic

    "Optimistic" is a song by the English rock band Radiohead, the sixth track on their 2000 album Kid A. The song most closely resembles Radiohead's previous work of all the songs of Kid A, but is still vastly different, with the guitar/full band line up being the only major similarity. Ed O'Brien wrote that Thom Yorke's lyrics reminded him 'of PJ Harvey's blues stuff'. The repeated phrase 'try the best you can' was included by Yorke because it was what his girlfriend kept telling him about recording the follow up to OK Computer.

Editors Contribution

  1. optimistic

    Confident attitude now and for the future.

    She was optimistic about the future as she could see humanity evolving and learning and knows everything is possible.

    Submitted by MaryC on June 16, 2015  

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  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'optimistic' in Adjectives Frequency: #892

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of optimistic in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of optimistic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of optimistic in a Sentence

  1. Albert Camus:

    If Christianity is pessimistic as to man, it is optimistic as to human destiny. Well, I can say that, pessimistic as to human destiny, I am optimistic as to man.

  2. Tohru Yamamoto:

    A couple of months ago, Yellen was cautiously optimistic. Now she appears cautious while trying to be optimistic, judging from her comments, a rate hike in July is completely off the table. It is questionable whether the Fed can have enough solid economic data to back up a rate hike even by September.

  3. Carl R. Rogers:

    When I look at the world I'm pessimistic, but when I look at people I am optimistic.

  4. Donald Tusk:

    I am cautiously optimistic, but frankly speaking, more cautious than optimistic.

  5. John Kasich:

    If I think I can't win, I wouldn't do it because I don't want to burden my family and my friends, i raised money the old fashioned way. I go out and tell people what I think. … I'm optimistic where we are. I'm optimistic on the resources. I'm becoming more and more optimistic on the organization.

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    a disposition that is confused or nervous and upset
    • A. gloat
    • B. fluster
    • C. descant
    • D. suffuse

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