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op·ti·mism  (pt-mzm)
n.
1. A tendency to expect the best possible outcome or dwell on the most hopeful aspects of a situation: There is a touch of optimism in every worry about ones own moral cleanliness (Victoria Ocampo).
2. Philosophy
a. The doctrine, asserted by Leibniz, that this world is the best of all possible worlds.
b. The belief that the universe is improving and that good will ultimately triumph over evil.

[French optimisme, from New Latin optimum, the greatest good; see optimum.]


optimism  /ptmzm/  n. [U] 1 the belief that good things will happen: Despite her health problems, she has kept her optimism. 2 the belief that the future will be good: Our company is full of optimism about the future. -n. optimist; -adj. optimistic /ptmstk/; -adv. optimistically.

Thesaurus: optimism 1 a positive outlook, hopefulness. Ant. pessimism. 2 confidence, enthusiasm. optimism

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