outlook

The word outlook describes a belief about the future. Your outlook on the awful present situation might make your outlook for the future turn grim.

The noun outlook can also mean the practice of looking out. A guard's outlook on the bank vault must stay watchful and attentive in case there's an attempted robbery. Your outlook on your first job out of college was one of promise and excitement. The word can also mean a characteristic mental attitude that determines how you will handle situations. A pessimistic outlook on life will make you see only the negative.

Definitions of outlook
  1. noun
    a habitual or characteristic mental attitude that determines how you will interpret and respond to situations
    synonyms: mentality, mind-set, mindset
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    type of:
    attitude, mental attitude
    a complex mental state involving beliefs and feelings and values and dispositions to act in certain ways
  2. noun
    belief about (or mental picture of) the future
    synonyms: expectation, prospect
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    hope, promise
    grounds for feeling hopeful about the future
    foretaste
    an early limited awareness of something yet to occur
    possibility
    a future prospect or potential
    anticipation, expectancy
    something expected (as on the basis of a norm)
    apprehension, misgiving
    painful expectation
    rainbow
    an illusory hope
    life expectancy
    an expected time to live as calculated on the basis of statistical probabilities
    type of:
    belief
    any cognitive content held as true
  3. noun
    the act of looking out
    synonyms: lookout
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    type of:
    look, looking, looking at
    the act of directing the eyes toward something and perceiving it visually
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