Definitions

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  • n. The property of being hopeful.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or quality of being hopeful, or of giving ground for hope.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the feeling you have when you have hope
  • n. full of hope

Etymologies

hopeful +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • They are more strategic voters with long term hopefulness about political reform, as compared to tactical lesser-evil voters hoping against reality that when the two-party pendulum swings to the other side something really good happens.

    Third Parties Fight for American Democracy

  • Chris’s hopefulness is understandable given the sexual restraint exhibited by the Palin family.

    Think Progress » Chris Wallace on whether Palin will sit on his lap during their interview: ‘One can only hope.’

  • Of course there was nothing unusual in his hopefulness, which is common enough in cases of phthisis -- symptomatic, in fact; and, of course, I did not discourage him.

    Wandering Heath

  • Of course I am not so foolish as to suppose that all my work can have been achieved without _some_ penalty, and I have noticed for some time a decided change in my buoyancy and hopefulness -- in other words, in my usual

    The Letters of Charles Dickens Vol. 2 (of 3), 1857-1870

  • And she thinks that maybe this once she can let it all go, forget herself, forget him long enough to find some kind of hopefulness for her future.

    Acceptance (1/1)

  • Immigration, at least from the Arab-American point of view, was just more innocent andI don't want to say naïvebut it had a kind of hopefulness and optimism that wasn't as charged by issues of race and politics as it is now.

    Diana Abu-Jaber discusses her true identity with Origin

  • Without Mugabe, a return to peace and prosperity in Zimbabwe will likely be slow, but leaders already exist who might take the country back to a kind of hopefulness that, in itself, will lead to a gradual confidence in investment of the sort that has lately benefited Mozambique, Angola, and Zambia.

    What Will It Take to Save Zimbabwe?: Alexandra Fuller

  • So Paul, with the hopefulness which is the prerogative of youth, recovered by degrees from the depression of spirit that the memory of the tragedy of Tewkesbury cast over him, and learned by degrees to take

    In the Wars of the Roses A Story for the Young

  • I notice that the lines of her eyebrows, nose and mouth all end with a slight upward curve like a yacht's sails, which gives a kind of hopefulness and self-confidence to her expression.

    Esther

  • It was remarkable that the hopefulness which is often the beneficent illusion of consumptive patients, was in Mordecai wholly diverted from the prospect of bodily recovery and carried into the current of this yearning for transmission.

    Daniel Deronda

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