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1. Having or manifesting hope.
2. Inspiring hope; promising.
A person who aspires to success or who shows promise of succeeding, especially as a political candidate: a group of presidential hopefuls.

hope′ful·ness n.
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Noun1.hopefulness - full of hope
condition, status - a state at a particular time; "a condition (or state) of disrepair"; "the current status of the arms negotiations"
confidence - a state of confident hopefulness that events will be favorable; "public confidence in the economy"
expectation, anticipation - anticipating with confidence of fulfillment
2.hopefulness - the feeling you have when you have hope
hope - the general feeling that some desire will be fulfilled; "in spite of his troubles he never gave up hope"
hopelessness - the despair you feel when you have abandoned hope of comfort or success
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[ˈhəʊpfʊlnɪs] Nesperanza f
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(həup) verb
to want something to happen and have some reason to believe that it will or might happen. He's very late, but we are still hoping he will come; I hope to be in London next month; We're hoping for some help from other people; It's unlikely that he'll come now, but we keep on hoping; `Do you think it will rain?' `I hope so/not'.
1. (any reason or encouragement for) the state of feeling that what one wants will or might happen. He has lost all hope of becoming the president; He came to see me in the hope that I would help him; He has hopes of winning a scholarship; The rescuers said there was no hope of finding anyone alive in the mine.
2. a person, thing etc that one is relying on for help etc. He's my last hope – there is no-one else I can ask.
3. something hoped for. My hope is that he will get married and settle down soon.
ˈhopeful adjective
1. (negative unhopeful) full of hope. The police are hopeful that they will soon find the killer; hopeful faces; He is hopeful of success.
2. giving a reason or encouragement for hope. That's a hopeful sign – perhaps he is going to change his mind after all.
3. likely to be pleasant, successful etc. The future looks quite hopeful.
ˈhopefulness noun
ˈhopefully adverb
1. in a hopeful way. The dog looked hopefully at the joint of meat.
2. it is to be hoped that. Hopefully, that will never happen.
ˈhopeless adjective
1. not likely to be successful. It's hopeless to try to persuade him; a hopeless attempt; The future looks hopeless.
2. (with at) not good. I'm a hopeless housewife; He's hopeless at French.
3. unable to be stopped, cured etc. The doctors considered the patient's case hopeless; He's a hopeless liar/idiot.
ˈhopelessly adverb
ˈhopelessness noun
hope against hope
to continue hoping when there is no (longer any) reason for hope.
hope for the best
to hope that something will succeed, that nothing bad will happen etc.
not (have) a hope
(to be) completely unlikely (to succeed in something). He hasn't a hope of getting the job; `Will he get the job?' `Not a hope!'
raise someone's hopes
to cause someone to hope, usually when there is no good reason to.
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References in classic literature ?
There was an atmosphere of endeavour, of expectancy and bright hopefulness about the young college that had lifted its head from the prairie only a few years before.
By a judicious use of this Law of Nature, the Polygons and Circles are almost always able to stifle sedition in its very cradle, taking advantage of the irrepressible and boundless hopefulness of the human mind.
Tulliver who had hastened this catastrophe, entirely through that irrepressible hopefulness of hers which led her to expect that similar causes may at any time produce different results.
I might not have the hopefulness to do it for weeks; I might (mistaken or not mistaken) have that hopefulness to-morrow."
Then a strange reaction took place; he who had just abandoned 5,000,000 endeavored to save the 50,000 francs he had left, and sooner than give them up he resolved to enter again upon a life of privation -- he was deluded by the hopefulness that is a premonition of madness.
When he halted before the binnacle, with his glance fastened on the pointed needle in the compass, that glance shot like a javelin with the pointed intensity of his purpose; and when resuming his walk he again paused before the mainmast, then, as the same riveted glance fastened upon the riveted gold coin there, he still wore the same aspect of nailed firmness, only dashed with a certain wild longing, if not hopefulness. But one morning, turning to pass the doubloon, he seemed to be newly attracted by the strange figures and inscriptions stamped on it, as though now for the first time beginning to interpret for himself in some monomaniac way whatever significance might lurk in them.
With daylight my battered spirits regained something of their accustomed hopefulness, though I must admit that there was little enough for them to feed upon.
So Fred was gratified with nearly an hour's practice of "Ar hyd y nos," "Ye banks and braes," and other favorite airs from his "Instructor on the Flute;" a wheezy performance, into which he threw much ambition and an irrepressible hopefulness.
A gleam of hopefulness shone through the stony misery of the woman's face.
He rather thinks she is disposed to like him, and he has painful doubts (I quite agree with him, as I dare say you do) of the hopefulness of such a marriage.'
Dinah had never seen Hetty affected in this way before, and, with her usual benignant hopefulness, she trusted it was the stirring of a divine impulse.
In the wild lust of hand-to-hand combat my old dauntless hopefulness returned.