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cautious optimism

A feeling of general confidence regarding a situation and/or its outcome coupled with a readiness for possible difficulties or failure. I've prepared for this exam for weeks, so I have a cautious optimism that it will turn out well. It's best to exercise cautious optimism when starting any new business.
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Lop-Ear and I, in a cautious panic, are fleeing through the trees.
He is informed that the Courier has yielded to temptation; but he is still too cautious to make any compromising remarks.
But my aunt knows better: she is too cool and cautious, and too well acquainted with both my husband's character and my own to be imposed upon by any specious falsehoods the former could invent.
He was that most unpromising of matrimonial material, a shy man with a cautious disposition.
There is this to be said for your shy, cautious man, that on the rare occasions when he does tap the vein of eloquence that vein becomes a geyser.
To the greater part of these, a slight nod or a look from Hugh's companion was sufficient greeting; but, now and then, some man would come and stand beside him in the throng, and, without turning his head or appearing to communicate with him, would say a word or two in a low voice, which he would answer in the same cautious manner.
They both appeared to derive a larger amount of satisfaction from the cautious character of Mr Pancks, than was quite intelligible, judged by the surface of their conversation.
A faint light, twinkling from the window of the counting-house on Quilp's wharf, and looking inflamed and red through the night-fog, as though it suffered from it like an eye, forewarned Mr Sampson Brass, as he approached the wooden cabin with a cautious step, that the excellent proprietor, his esteemed client, was inside, and probably waiting with his accustomed patience and sweetness of temper the fulfilment of the appointment which now brought Mr Brass within his fair domain.
Cautious, exceedingly cautious, very right and proper
46 an ounce and the dollar tumbled after the US Federal Reserve signalled a slower pace of interest rate hikes and gave a cautious outlook for the US economy.
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The National Bank of Abu Dhabi s (NBAD) Cautious Income Fund has made a semi-annual distribution of 2.
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