wishful thinking


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wishful thinking

n.
Thinking in which what one wishes were the case is believed to be real or likely to become real.

wishful thinking

n
the erroneous belief that one's wishes are in accordance with reality
wishful thinker n

wish′ful think′ing


n.
interpretation of facts, actions, words, etc., as one would like them to be rather than as they really are.
[1925–30]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.wishful thinking - the illusion that what you wish for is actually true
fancy, phantasy, illusion, fantasy - something many people believe that is false; "they have the illusion that I am very wealthy"
Translations
ønsketænkning
תקוות שווא
wensdenken
zbožné želanie
önsketänkande
boş ümitolmayacak arzu

wish

(wiʃ) verb
1. to have and/or express a desire. There's no point in wishing for a miracle; Touch the magic stone and wish; He wished that she would go away; I wish that I had never met him.
2. to require (to do or have something). Do you wish to sit down, sir?; We wish to book some seats for the theatre; I'll cancel the arrangement if you wish.
3. to say that one hopes for (something for someone). I wish you the very best of luck.
noun
1. a desire or longing, or the thing desired. It's always been my wish to go to South America some day.
2. an expression of desire. The fairy granted him three wishes; Did you make a wish?
3. (usually in plural) an expression of hope for success etc for someone. He sends you his best wishes.
wishful ˈthinking noun
expectations based on what one hopes will happen, not on what is likely to happen.
ˈwishing-well noun
a well which is supposed to have the power of granting any wish made when one is beside it.

wishful thinking

n (el) creer que algo es verdadero porque se desea intensamente
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