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Princeton's WordNet

  1. wishful thinkingnoun

    the illusion that what you wish for is actually true

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  1. wishful thinkingnoun

    The illusion that what one would like is actually true.

  2. wishful thinkingnoun

    Decision-making based on self-delusion.

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  1. Wishful thinking

    Wishful thinking is the formation of beliefs and making decisions according to what might be pleasing to imagine instead of by appealing to evidence, rationality, or reality. Studies have consistently shown that holding all else equal, subjects will predict positive outcomes to be more likely than negative outcomes. On the other hand, some psychologists believe that positive thinking is able to positively influence behavior and so bring about better results. They call it "Pygmalion Effect". Christopher Booker described wishful thinking in terms of

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of wishful thinking in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of wishful thinking in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of wishful thinking in a Sentence

  1. Demosthenes, Olynthiac:

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

  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. 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.

  4. Clive Staples Lewis:

    If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth - only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair.

  5. 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.

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