What is the meaning of optimistic?

An optimist is sure everything is going to turn out ok, while a pessimist thinks everything's going turn out the worst it can.

So, "optimistic" means, essentially, looking on the brighter side of life! (I'm not pasting in a dictionary definition; you can do that yourself: dictionary.com).

if one is an optomistic person such as myself..one will expect the best to happen, will await with anticipation the best possible outcome, has faith, is determined and positive thinking. the opposite of that is pessimistic which means that you just expect the worst..no matter what.
It means having a positive attitude about life or a specific situation. Just look on the positive side! Of course, the opposite is pessimistic.
Optimistic: tending to take a hopeful and positive view of future outcomes.
It's basically having a sunny disposition,a positive outlook...keeping your head up!

hope that helps
hopeful, positive
tricking yourself into thinking everything will turn out okay
that u are not negative and hope for the best possible outcome
Main Entry: op·ti·mism
Pronunciation: 'äp-t&-"mi-z&m
Function: noun
Etymology: French optimisme, from Latin optimum, noun, best, from neuter of optimus best; akin to Latin ops power -- more at OPULENT
1 : a doctrine that this world is the best possible world
2 : an inclination to put the most favorable construction upon actions and events or to anticipate the best possible outcome
- op·ti·mist /-mist/ noun
- op·ti·mis·tic /"äp-t&-'mis-tik/ adjective
- op·ti·mis·ti·cal·ly /-ti-k(&-)lE/ adverb
op·ti·mis·tic /ˌɒptəˈmɪstɪk/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[op-tuh-mis-tik] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation
–adjective 1. disposed to take a favorable view of events or conditions and to expect the most favorable outcome.
2. reflecting optimism: an optimistic plan.
3. of or pertaining to optimism.

Also, op·ti·mis·ti·cal.


[Origin: 1840–50; optimist + -ic]

—Related forms
op·ti·mis·ti·cal·ly, adverb

op·ti·mist (ŏp'tə-mĭst) Pronunciation Key
One who usually expects a favorable outcome.
A believer in philosophical optimism.

op'ti·mis'tic adj., op'ti·mis'ti·cal·ly adv.


1. expecting the best in this best of all possible worlds; "in an optimistic mood"; "optimistic plans"; "took an optimistic view" [ant: pessimistic]
2. expecting the best; "an affirmative outlook" [syn: affirmative]

ˌoptiˈmistic adjective

always hoping or believing that something good will happen
Example: an optimistic person/attitude Arabic: مُتَفائِل، تَفاؤُلي
Chinese (Simplified): 乐观的
Chinese (Traditional): 樂觀的
Czech: optimistický
Danish: optimistisk
Dutch: optimistisch
Estonian: optimistlik
Finnish: myönteinen
French: optimiste
German: optimistisch
Greek: αισιόδοξος
Hungarian: optimista
Icelandic: bjartsÿnn
Indonesian: optimistis
Italian: ottimistico
Japanese: 楽観的な
Korean: 낙천적인
Latvian: optimistisks
Lithuanian: optimistiškas, optimistinis
Norwegian: optimistisk
Polish: optymistyczny
Portuguese (Brazil): otimista
Portuguese (Portugal): optimista
Romanian: optimist
Russian: оптимистичный, оптимистический
Slovak: optimistický
Slovenian: optimističen
Spanish: optimista
Swedish: optimistisk
Turkish: iyimser, optimist



Expecting a favorable outcome or dwelling on hopeful aspects: Panglossian, roseate, rose-colored, rosy, sanguine. Informal upbeat. Idioms: looking on the bright side, looking through rose-colored glasses.

The adjective optimistic has 2 meanings:

Meaning #1: expecting the best in this best of all possible worlds
Antonym: pessimistic (meaning #1)

Meaning #2: expecting the best
Synonym: affirmative

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