Meaning of HOPEFUL in English

I. adjective


full of hope or inclined to hope

the candidate was hopeful of winning

Synonyms: hoping; compare confident 1, expectant 1, optimistic

Related Word: anticipative, assured, satisfied, secure; cheerful, content, easy, undisturbed; fond, optimistic, Pollyannaish, rose-colored, sanguine, upbeat

Contrasted words: doubtful, insecure, pessimistic, uncertain; discouraged, disheartened, gloomy, glum

Antonyms: hopeless


exhibiting qualities that inspire hope

a hopeful prospect for improvement

Synonyms: couleur de rose, encouraging, likely, promiseful, promising, roseate, rose-colored, rosy

Related Word: advantageous, auspicious, propitious; bright, cheering, cheery, golden, halcyon, happy, sunny; budding, up-and-coming

Contrasted words: discouraging, disheartening, dismal, dreary, gloomy, pessimistic

Antonyms: hopeless

II. noun

Synonyms: candidate , applicant, aspirant, seeker

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