Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Hoped for; not hopeless: opposed to desperate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective rare Hoped for, or to be hoped for.

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  • adjective hoped for

Etymologies

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Latin speratus, past participle of sperare ("to hope").

Examples

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  • What a fellow can't get by his merit

    He may by his patience inherit,

    And if he befriend

    Rich folk near their end

    His ignoble goals may be sperate.

    August 13, 2015