Etymology
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wishful (adj.)

1520s, from wish (n.) + -ful. Related: Wishfully; wishfulness. Wishful thinking is recorded from 1907.

updated on April 17, 2014

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Definitions of wishful from WordNet

wishful (adj.)
desiring or striving for recognition or advancement;
Synonyms: aspirant / aspiring
wishful (adj.)
having or expressing desire for something;
Synonyms: desirous
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