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Definition of optimism noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



[uncountable] optimism (about/for something)
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a feeling that good things will happen and that something will be successful; the tendency to have this feeling optimism about/for the future We may now look forward with optimism. a mood of cautious optimism There are very real grounds for optimism. Both sides have expressed optimism about the chances of an early agreement. opposite pessimism
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