What does wishful mean?

Definitions for wishful
ˈwɪʃ fəlwish·ful

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. desirous, wishfuladjective

    having or expressing desire for something

    "desirous of high office"; "desirous of finding a quick solution to the problem"

  2. aspirant, aspiring(a), wishfuladjective

    desiring or striving for recognition or advancement


  1. wishfuladjective

    Expressing a wish or longing for something.

  2. wishfuladjective

    Aspiring, or seeking advancement.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wishfuladjective

    having desire, or ardent desire; longing

    Etymology: [Cf. Wistful.]

  2. Wishfuladjective

    showing desire; as, wishful eyes

    Etymology: [Cf. Wistful.]

  3. Wishfuladjective

    desirable; exciting wishes

    Etymology: [Cf. Wistful.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of wishful in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of wishful in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of wishful in a Sentence

  1. Jeremy Corbyn:

    It's wishful thinking by some people, i am taking the party into the general election ... to end austerity, to bring forward policies that bring about a better standard of living and better opportunities for people all across this country. I am enjoying doing that.

  2. Sofronis Clerides:

    The only silver lining is that Cyprus may now be able to have a discussion about its natural resource prospects that is grounded in reality rather than in wishful thinking.

  3. Sigmund Freud:

    Religion is an illusion, and it derives its strength from its readiness to fit in with our instinctual wishful impulses.

  4. Demosthenes:

    There is a great deal of wishful thinking in such cases it is the easiest thing of all to deceive ones self.

  5. David Wagner:

    I think that what's important is to always tell the truth, as long as they're telling the truth, there's nothing wrong with wishful thinking.

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