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  • adj. hoped for

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Hoped for, or to be hoped for.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Hoped for; not hopeless: opposed to desperate.

Etymologies

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

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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