Definitions for: Hopeful

[n] an ambitious and aspiring young person; "a lofty aspirant"; "two executive hopefuls joined the firm"; "the audience was full of Madonna wannabes"
[adj] presaging good fortune; "she made a fortunate decision to go to medical school"; "rosy predictions"
[adj] having or manifesting or inspiring hope; "a line of people hopeful of obtaining tickets"; "found a hopeful way of attacking the problem"

Webster (1913) Definition: Hope"ful, a.
1. Full of hope, or agreeable expectation; inclined to hope;

Men of their own natural inclination hopeful and
strongly conceited. --Hooker.

2. Having qualities which excite hope; affording promise of
good or of success; as, a hopeful youth; a hopeful
prospect. ``Hopeful scholars.'' --Addison. --
Hope"ful*ly, adv. -- Hope"ful*ness, n.

Synonyms: anticipant, anticipative, aspirant, aspirant, aspirer, aspiring(p), auspicious, expectant, fortunate, rosy, wannabe, wannabee, wishful, would-be(a)

Antonyms: hopeless

See Also: applicant, applier, encouraging, optimistic

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