Wishful Wish"ful, a. [Cf. {Wistful}.] 1. Having desire, or ardent desire; longing. [1913 Webster]

2. Showing desire; as, wishful eyes. [1913 Webster]

From Scotland am I stolen, even of pure love To greet mine own land with my wishful sight. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. Desirable; exciting wishes. [R.] --Chapman. [1913 Webster] -- {Wish"ful*ly}, adv. -- {Wish"ful*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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