American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Identification of one's wishes or desires with reality.
- n. idiomatic, psychology The illusion that what one would like is actually true.
- n. idiomatic Decision-making based on self-delusion.
- n. the illusion that what you wish for is actually true
“Further evidence of the German Foreign Office's wishful thinking and lack of realism came in another telegram an hour or so later:”
“Though maybe it was wishful thinking on Indurian’s part, because his record would indeed be broken.”
“But it was also the product of a profoundly dysfunctional policy processa process that was dominated by the wishful thinking of strong-willed officials that failed to evaluate information systematically or assess alternative courses of action carefully, and that allowed control over policy formulation and execution to slip beyond the purview of the National Security Council.”
“LaGuerta did a masterful job of presenting just enough fact colored with high-gloss wishful thinking that nearly anyone would have been convinced.”
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