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Having or expressing a wish or longing.

wish′ful·ly adv.
wish′ful·ness n.
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Noun1.wishfulness - an unrealistic yearning
longing, yearning, hungriness - prolonged unfulfilled desire or need
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Mircea Muresianu, Ecotourism in Rodna Mountains National Park, Between Wishfulness and Reality, International Journal of Environmental Research, 2015;
Gadot studied law and, perhaps in an extreme wishfulness for world peace, international relations, and worried that she was too smart, too serious to act for a living.
Davies's optimism is not the product of mere wishfulness.
The keen interest in a Duterte candidacy is, of course, emblematic of this wishfulness.
Perhaps wishfulness. They are together, on a journey.
As evidenced in previous chapters, the author's wishfulness is evident in otherwise sound research and analysis.
Not least because all of the big department stores, from Harrods to Harvey Nichols, are buzzing with people checking out their opulent festive window displays, gleaming like honeypots of Christmas cheer and wishfulness.
Processes involving wishfulness encourage individuals' full commitment and task involvement.
But if no Fall, then no Incarnation; for all its wishfulness and light irony, for all its play of notionally innocent questioning against sell-divided concession, the speaker's preference for man's original solitude is markedly heterodox.
This surprisingly intense wishfulness to experience physical challenge and adventurous risk-taking play was echoed by three other students during focus group discussions.
In both medical and fictional literature, transgender identity has been sutured to specific forms of negative affect--rage, sorrow, wishfulness, denial--as both "instrument[s] of pathologization" (Butler 76) and expressions of what is imagined to be an inherently dysphoric ontology.
In addition to dealing with the moral and spiritual conflicts of his time, Hawthorne's wishfulness to stay obscure both with his pen and his inspirations play a role on the conflicting interpretations of his works.