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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Wishfuladjective

    Longing; showing desire.

    Etymology: from wish and full.

    From Scotland am I stol’n ev’n of pure love,
    To greet mine own land with my wishful sight. William Shakespeare.


  1. wishful

    Wishful refers to having or expressing a strong desire or hope for something that is not easily attainable or not likely to happen. It is an outlook which is optimistic, idealistic or based on personal desires rather than facts or reality.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wishfuladjective

    having desire, or ardent desire; longing

  2. Wishfuladjective

    showing desire; as, wishful eyes

  3. Wishfuladjective

    desirable; exciting wishes

  4. 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. Michael Pillsbury:

    There is no specific agreement for a phased rollback of the tariffs, the American side has been ambiguous when and which tariffs will be lifted. The Chinese have some wishful thinking and are trying to soothe their domestic hardliners that the tariffs will someday come off.

  2. Prince Turki al-Faisal:

    It’s wishful thinking that, if we try to embrace them, they may tango with us. That’s an illusion.

  3. Sigmund Freud:

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

  4. Yasser Sanchez:

    I thought by 2024, Arizona would be for real a swing state, every time I heard it would be before, I thought that was wishful thinking.

  5. Lauren Leander:

    This isn't about politics, choosing sides, this virus does not discriminate at all, it's taking lives from one end of the spectrum to another. I know it's wishful thinking but I just would love if we just had that common ground with fighting this virus.

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