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1Hopefulness and confidence about the future or the success of something:‘the talks had been amicable and there were grounds for optimism’
hopefulness, hope, confidence, buoyancy, cheer, good cheer, cheerfulness, sanguineness, positiveness, positive attitudeView synonyms
- ‘It does not inspire optimism for the future of economic development in Scotland.’
- ‘I am filled with boundless enthusiasm, optimism, confidence, strength and love!’
- ‘At first, like other returning veterans, Frankie faces the future with optimism.’
- ‘Princess Anne officially reopened Westbury Dairies offering words of hope and optimism for the future of the plant.’
- ‘With this level of projected coverage, both the McDermotts and Tullow can look to the future with optimism.’
- ‘Publicly, Saudi oil executives express optimism about the future of their industry.’
- ‘Young officers like me could look forward to the future with confidence, hope and optimism.’
- ‘For me, it's a powerful metaphor for optimism and the future.’
- ‘I think in the '60s there was a certain amount of optimism about the future in technology.’
- ‘Sixty pupils from two schools have joined forces to create a CD about life as a Bradfordian and their optimism for the future.’
- ‘During past scientific breakthroughs and innovations, human society was guided by a sense of optimism about the future.’
- ‘By this standard at least, there are grounds for cautious optimism.’
- ‘There appears to be a lot of increasing optimism about the future price of oil.’
- ‘I have genuine optimism for the future of Scotland as a must-visit destination.’
- ‘These two factors, Mr Speaker have motivated us to approach the future with great optimism.’
- ‘Eight years on and the band are now looking to the future with optimism, as Calum explains.’
- ‘But taking the long view, there is cause for considerable optimism about the future of relations.’
- ‘The report states that there is a lot of optimism about the success of these projects.’
- ‘Worn down by the lack of sleep and the sickness, he lost all trace of optimism about his future.’
- ‘I live in a world where I feel enormous optimism for the future.’
The doctrine, especially as set forth by Leibniz, that this world is the best of all possible worlds.
- ‘Candide, Voltaire's critique of optimism, is itself an ineliminably upbeat book.’
- ‘His early optimism was soon overshadowed by a radical doctrine of grace.’
- 2.1 The belief that good must ultimately prevail over evil in the universe.
- ‘Natural theology was above all a counsel of optimism, a belief in the essential goodness of the Creator.’
- ‘Subsequent wars and revolutions have made Kant's optimism unfashionable.’
- ‘I have great faith in optimism as a philosophy, if only because it offers us the opportunity of self-fulfilling prophecy.’
Mid 18th century: from French optimisme, from Latin optimum best thing (see optimum).
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