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Meaning of OPTIMISM

Pronunciation:  'âpti`mizum

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a general disposition to expect the best in all things
  2. [n]  the optimistic feeling that all is going to turn out well

OPTIMISM is a 8 letter word that starts with O.


 Antonyms: pessimism, pessimism
 See Also: disposition, hope, sanguineness, sanguinity, temperament



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Op"ti*mism\, n. [L. optimus the best; akin to optio
choice: cf. F. optimisme. See {Option}.]
1. (Metaph.) The opinion or doctrine that everything in
   nature, being the work of God, is ordered for the best, or
   that the ordering of things in the universe is such as to
   produce the highest good.

2. A disposition to take the most hopeful view; -- opposed to

Computing Dictionary

What a programmer is full of after fixing the last bug and just before actually discovering the *next* last bug. Fred Brooks's book "the mythical man-month" contains the following paragraph that describes this extremely well.

All programmers are optimists. Perhaps this modern sorcery especially attracts those who believe in happy endings and fairy god-mothers. Perhaps the hundreds of nitty frustrations drive away all but those who habitually focus on the end goal. Perhaps it is merely that computers are young, programmers are younger, and the young are always optimists. But however the selection process works, the result is indisputable: "This time it will surely run," or "I just found the last bug.".

See also lubarsky's law of cybernetic entomology.

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Thesaurus Terms
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