Definition of wishful thinking noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


wishful thinking

BrE BrE//ˌwɪʃfl ˈθɪŋkɪŋ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌwɪʃfl ˈθɪŋkɪŋ//
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the belief that something that you want to happen is happening or will happen, although this is actually not true or very unlikely I've got a feeling that Alex likes me, but that might just be wishful thinking.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: wishful thinking