The tendency to look on the bright side of everything, to believe that there is good in everything. [L. optimus, best]
- therapeutic o. a belief in the efficacy of drugs and other therapeutic agents in the treatment of diseases.

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op·ti·mism 'äp-tə-.miz-əm n an inclination to put the most favorable construction upon actions and events or to anticipate the best possible outcome
op·ti·mist -məst n
op·ti·mis·tic .äp-tə-'mis-tik adj

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