hopeful


hopeful
/hohp"feuhl/, adj.
1. full of hope; expressing hope: His hopeful words stimulated optimism.
2. exciting hope; promising advantage or success: a hopeful prospect.
n.
3. a person who shows promise or aspires to success: the Democratic presidential hopeful.
[1560-70; HOPE + -FUL]
Syn. 1. expectant; sanguine, optimistic, confident.

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