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Synonyms for hopeful
ˈhoʊp fəlhope·ful

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  1. hopefulnoun

    desperate, hopeless

  2. hopefuladjective

    Feeling hope.

    Several presidential hopefuls are campaigning in New Hampshire this week.

    desperate, hopeless

  3. hopefuladjective

    hopeless, desperate

Princeton's WordNet

  1. aspirant, aspirer, hopeful, wannabe, wannabeeadjective

    an ambitious and aspiring young person

    "a lofty aspirant"; "two executive hopefuls joined the firm"; "the audience was full of Madonna wannabes"

    aspirer, wannabee, aspirant, wannabe

    heartsick, insoluble, helpless, inauspicious, futureless, forlorn, lost, hopeless, bleak, despondent, black, despairing, unhopeful, unfortunate, dim, desperate, abject

  2. hopefuladjective

    having or manifesting hope

    "a line of people hopeful of obtaining tickets"; "found a hopeful way of attacking the problem"

    promising, bright

    helpless, dim, abject, inauspicious, despairing, futureless, bleak, lost, insoluble, desperate, heartsick, hopeless, unhopeful, forlorn, black, despondent, unfortunate

  3. bright, hopeful, promisingadjective

    full or promise

    "had a bright future in publishing"; "the scandal threatened an abrupt end to a promising political career"; "a hopeful new singer on Broadway"

    smart, vivid, promising, shiny, undimmed, bright, shining, brilliant, lustrous, burnished

    lost, futureless, bleak, black, unhopeful, dim, hopeless, inauspicious, helpless, abject, unfortunate, heartsick, despondent, forlorn, despairing, insoluble, desperate

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. hopefuladjective

    expectant, optimistic, promising, sanguine

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "hopeful":

    promising, optimistic, confident, encouraging, hope, upbeat

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How to use hopeful in a sentence?

  1. President Barack Obama:

    I'm glad it passed the House and am hopeful that it will pass the Senate.

  2. Jeb Bush:

    Whatever the issue is, there is one path that is aspirational and hopeful, and there is one path that is negative, and it is not the right path for this country, so here I am.

  3. Steve Bertolino:

    Since the preserve has been closed to the public Chris has not been able to look for Brian in the only place Chris and Roberta Laundrie believe Brian may be, unfortunately North Port police had to postpone Chris' involvement but Chris and Roberta Laundrie are hopeful there will be another opportunity to assist.

  4. Chuck Schumer:

    We've made very good progress and I'm very hopeful we can come to an agreement tonight or early tomorrow morning.

  5. White House spokesman Eric Schultz:

    We're hopeful that the Senate and House can work together expeditiously to send the best possible bill to the president's desk as soon as possible.

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