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Adj.1.pollyannaish - pleasantly (even unrealistically) optimisticpollyannaish - pleasantly (even unrealistically) optimistic
optimistic - expecting the best in this best of all possible worlds; "in an optimistic mood"; "optimistic plans"; "took an optimistic view"
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That may sound a little Pollyannaish, but doing this actually sends chemicals to your brain that will make you feel better.
Speechwriters trying to craft winning turns of phrase for their candidates should keep that unknown in mind, and also note that positive politics does not necessarily entail the Pollyannaish belief that we live in the best of all possible worlds (Voltaire's Candide).
Citing these positive examples of collaborative ecumenical work on moral matters is not intended to be Pollyannaish.
His prediction, which was regarded as hopelessly Pollyannaish at the time, has turned out to be correct, with the improvement likely to be at the top of his projected range.
Though the initial optimism and confidence exuded by Perry and others appeared to be aimed at preventing widespread panic, a leading expert on infectious disease outbreaks said Pollyannaish statements from public officials can have the opposite effect.
Therefore, the principles course needs to be simple enough to foster a solid understanding of different aspects of the economy, yet thorough enough to prevent a Pollyannaish view that solutions to complex economics problems are formulaic.
Here it is important not to be Pollyannaish about the distribution of opportunities.
Thayer simply shrugs off the possibility, dismissing the hope of some sort of diplomatic entente with China as Pollyannaish.
54) it would be Pollyannaish to deny that there is still much room for
Uncharitably, they would accuse them of Pollyannaish naivete, if not downright malice.
But if liberals are being absurd about the Motor City, libertarians are being Pollyannaish.
She admitted that view may seem Pollyannaish, but said it energizes her every day.