optimism optimism  /ˈɑp tə ˌmɪ zəm/


  1. (n) the optimistic feeling that all is going to turn out well
  2. (n) a general disposition to expect the best in all things


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  1. Despite the almost palpable aura of optimism in the WHO's hallways as the conference concluded on Wednesday, the danger of a pandemic remains present and real.
  2. Indeed, the leading optimism and happiness experts consider themselves born pessimists.
  3. Wall Street's optimism was matched on the world's stock exchanges: The Tokyo exchange set two records in a week.


  1. Tesla shares rise on optimism about new models

    Shares of Tesla Motors Inc. rose Wednesday on optimism about that the electric car maker will be able to meet production targets for its new models. THE SPARK: Baird analyst Ben Kallo boosted his price ...
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Associated Press via Yahoo! News

  2. Small business optimism hits one-year high

    Small business optimism rose to a one year-high in May, a hopeful sign for an economy that has hit a soft patch.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: The Saratogian

  3. SMB Optimism Ticks Up Again in May

    NFIB index shows small business optimism at second-highest point since the recession began in December 2007. But don't pop the champagne yet. 
    on June 11, 2013     Source: FOX Business Small Business Center


  1. "These and other indicators are reason for cautious, very cautious optimism about the effects of the new strategy," said McCain, who was leading a Republican congressional delegation to Iraq that included Sen. Lindsey Graham.
    on Apr 1, 2007 By: John McCain Source: Forbes

  2. "Our optimism is bolstered because there is a growing and unprecedented bipartisan coalition from the business, national security, faith and environmental communities that supports our legislation and is energized to work hard and get it...
    on May 7, 2010 By: Joe Lieberman Source: Washington Post

  3. "What we need today is more optimism and more confidence," Summers said.
    on Mar 13, 2009 By: Lawrence Summers Source: International Herald Tribune

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