wishful


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wish·ful

 (wĭsh′fəl)
adj.
Having or expressing a wish or longing.

wish′ful·ly adv.
wish′ful·ness n.

wishful

(ˈwɪʃfʊl)
adj
having wishes or characterized by wishing
ˈwishfully adv
ˈwishfulness n

wish•ful

(ˈwɪʃ fəl)

adj.
having or showing a wish; desirous; longing.
[1515–25]
wish′ful•ly, adv.
wish′ful•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.wishful - having or expressing desire for something; "desirous of high office"; "desirous of finding a quick solution to the problem"
2.wishful - desiring or striving for recognition or advancementwishful - desiring or striving for recognition or advancement
ambitious - having a strong desire for success or achievement
Translations

wishful

[ˈwɪʃfʊl]
A. ADJ to be wishful to do or of doing sth (frm) → estar deseoso de hacer algo
B. CPD wishful thinking Nilusiones fpl
that's just wishful thinkingeso es querer hacerse ilusiones

wishful

adj that’s just wishful thinkingdas ist reines Wunschdenken, das ist nur ein frommer Wunsch

wishful

[ˈwɪʃfʊl] adj it's just wishful thinkingè solo un'illusione
References in classic literature ?
She watched his countenance as if she were particularly wishful to be assured that he took kindly to his reception, she showed every possible desire to conciliate him, and there was an air of humble propitiation in all she did, such as I have seen pervade the bearing of a child towards a hard master.
This meeting with William and Dora was fortunate from the point of view of my studies; for that very night, as I dined with them en pension, I found that providence, with his usual foresight, had placed me next to a very charming American girl of the type that I was particularly wishful to study.
I queried, wishful to get him into a talkative humor.
In my ardour, my curious phase of exaltation, I found myself led to make a full confession of the fact that I had become wishful to learn, to KNOW, something, since I had felt hurt at being taken for a chit, a mere baby.
I'm as wishful t' have you settled well as if you was my own daughter; and so's your aunt, I'll be bound, for she's done by you this seven 'ear, Hetty, as if you'd been her own.
Snagsby, holding his hat at the side of his head in his deference towards his best customer, "I was wishful to say a word to you, sir.
It's the first time I ever heard my brother Peter was so wishful to please God Almighty; but if I was to be struck helpless I must say it's hard--I can think no other.
Were I to tell my delightful dream to David's mother, to whom I have never in my life addressed one word, she would droop her head and raise it bravely, to imply that I make her very sad but very proud, and she would be wishful to lend me her absurd little pocket handkerchief.
Hitherto, though I saw the old lady had her defects (of which one was a proneness to proclaim her perfections), I had always been wishful to excuse them, and to give her credit for all the virtues she professed, and even imagine others yet untold.
And this, I believe, is what most others would acknowledge who are accustomed to reflection, and wishful to strive against their natural corruptions.
Well, the King, it appears, was wishful to see Hieland swordsmanship; and my father and three more were chosen out and sent to London town, to let him see it at the best.
Indeed the dancing-master was so proud of it, and so wishful to display it before he left to a few select friends among the collegians, that at six o'clock on a certain fine morning, a minuet de la cour came off in the yard--the college- rooms being of too confined proportions for the purpose--in which so much ground was covered, and the steps were so conscientiously executed, that the dancing-master, having to play the kit besides, was thoroughly blown.