An optimistic person thinks the best possible thing will happen, and hopes for it even if it's not likely. Someone who's a tad too confident this way is also sometimes called optimistic.

If you see the glass as half-full when others see it as half-empty; if you look on the bright side of things, you're optimistic. If the chain falls off your rusty old bicycle, a tire goes flat, the frame cracks down the middle, the seat keeps twisting around, and you say, "But look! The little bell still works — I'm sure this bike will be fine," you're being very optimistic, though some might venture to call you "delusional."

Definitions of optimistic
  1. adjective
    expecting the best in this best of all possible worlds
    “in an optimistic mood”
    optimistic plans”
    “took an optimistic view”
    having or manifesting hope
    expecting a rise in prices
    cheerful, pollyannaish, upbeat
    pleasantly (even unrealistically) optimistic
    rose-colored, rosy
    reflecting optimism
    unrealistically or naively optimistic
    confidently optimistic and cheerful
    characterized by or displaying affirmation or acceptance or certainty etc.
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    expecting the worst possible outcome
    without hope because there seems to be no possibility of comfort or success
    expecting prices to fall
    demoralised, demoralized, discouraged, disheartened
    made less hopeful or enthusiastic
    characterized by or displaying negation or denial or opposition or resistance; having no positive features
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  2. adjective
    expecting the best
    synonyms: affirmative
    characterized by or displaying affirmation or acceptance or certainty etc.
Commonly confused words

optimistic / pessimistic

An optimistic person expects all the best things to happen! Is it raining money yet? A pessimistic person is a downer. Who cares if it's raining money? They'll never get any.

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