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Entry Word: hopeful
Function: adjective
Text: 1 having qualities which inspire hope <economists are offering a hopeful forecast for a healthy economy in the coming year>
Synonyms auspicious, bright, encouraging, fair, golden, heartening, likely, optimistic, promising, propitious, rose-colored, rosy, upbeat
Related Words cheering, comforting, reassuring; assured, confident, decisive, doubtless, positive, sure, unhesitating; bullish, favorable, good
Near Antonyms cheerless, comfortless; doubtful, dubious, uncertain; bearish, grim, negative, unfavorable
Antonyms bleak, dark, desperate, discouraging, disheartening, dismal, dreary, gloomy, hopeless, inauspicious, pessimistic, unlikely, unpromising
2 pointing toward a happy outcome <a hopeful response to the ad, several people calling to say they'd seen our lost cat> -- see FAVORABLE 2