1. Full of hope, or agreeable expectation; inclined to hope; expectant.
Men of their own natural inclination hopeful and strongly conceited. --Hooker.
2. Having qualities which excite hope; affording promise of good or of success; as, a hopeful youth; a hopeful prospect. “Hopeful scholars.”
-- Hope*ful*ly, adv. -- Hope*ful*ness, n.
adj 1: having or manifesting or inspiring hope; "a line of people
hopeful of obtaining tickets"; "found a hopeful way of
attacking the problem" [ant: hopeless]
2: presaging good fortune; "she made a fortunate decision to go
to medical school"; "rosy predictions" [syn: fortunate,
n : an ambitious and aspiring young person; "a lofty aspirant";
"two executive hopefuls joined the firm"; "the audience
was full of Madonna wannabes" [syn: aspirant, aspirer,