wishful thinking
noun Date: 1932 the attribution of reality to what one wishes to be true or the tenuous justification of what one wants to believe

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  • wishful thinking — n [U] when you believe that what you want to happen will happen, when in fact it is not possible ▪ I think she rather likes me. But maybe that s just wishful thinking …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • wishful thinking —     Wishful thinking means believing that something that you want to happen is really happening or will happen, even though it is neither true nor likely.     I think his health is improving a little, but perhaps that s just wishful thinking on… …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

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  • Wishful thinking — For other uses, see Wishful thinking (disambiguation). Wishful thinking is the formation of beliefs and making decisions according to what might be pleasing to imagine instead of by appealing to evidence, rationality or reality. Studies have… …   Wikipedia

  • wishful thinking — noun the illusion that what you wish for is actually true (Freq. 2) • Hypernyms: ↑illusion, ↑fantasy, ↑phantasy, ↑fancy * * * noun 1. : illusory attribution of actuality to what one wishes to be or become true and discovery of justifications for… …   Useful english dictionary

  • wishful thinking — N UNCOUNT If you say that an idea, wish, or hope is wishful thinking, you mean that it has failed to come true or is unlikely to come true. It is wishful thinking to expect deeper change under his leadership …   English dictionary

  • wishful thinking — wish|ful think|ing [ ,wıʃfəl θıŋkıŋ ] noun uncount a belief that something that you want to be true is true: She was sure he d forgiven her or was that just wishful thinking? …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • wishful thinking — believing it is true because you wish it was true    Roy says that he is going to marry Dawn, but it s wishful thinking …   English idioms

  • wishful thinking — UK [ˌwɪʃf(ə)l ˈθɪŋkɪŋ] / US [ˌwɪʃfəl ˈθɪŋkɪŋ] noun [uncountable] a belief that something that you want to be true is true She was sure he d forgiven her – or was that just wishful thinking? …   English dictionary

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