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wishful thinking

The act of thinking that or hoping that something will happen or be the case when in reality it is unlikely. Ugh, look at this traffic! I thought we would be on time today, but I guess that was just wishful thinking.
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wishful thinking

believing that something is true or that something will happen just because one wishes that it were true or would happen. Hoping for a car as a birthday present is just wishful thinking. Your parents can't afford it. Mary thinks that she is going to get a big raise, but that's wishful thinking. Her boss is so tight with money.
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wishful thinking

Interpreting matters as one would like them to be, as opposed to what they really are. For example, Matthew wanted to be a basketball player, but with his height that was wishful thinking. This term comes from Freudian psychology of the mid-1920s and soon began to be used more loosely.
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ˌwishful ˈthinking

the belief that something you want to happen is happening or will happen, although this is actually not true or is very unlikely: Prices seem to have stopped rising in the shops, or is that just wishful thinking on my part?
See also: thinking

wishful thinking

Interpreting events, facts, or words as one would like them to be as opposed to what they are; also, fantasizing as actual something that is not. This term comes from Freudian psychology of about 1925, but the idea is much older. “Thy wish was father, Harry, to that thought,” wrote Shakespeare (Henry IV, Part 2, 4.5), an expression that practically became a proverb. The current cliché was used by F. H. Brennan (Memo to a Firing Squad, 1943): “We’re lousy with wishful thinkers.”
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We often use the word "hope" as a synonym for "wishful thinking." We hope to become a superstar, we hope to become famous, we hope we can be prosperous, and we hope to live a long and happy life.
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One of the most common forms of false optimism is wishful thinking in which agents desire and often hope for something with little or no evidence that it can be obtained or attained, or the evidence is misinterpreted or not examined.
Karachi -- former federal minister for science and technology, Dr Attaur Rehman, has said that under a wishful plan the higher education system is getting deteriorated at the hands of corrupt politicians which would cost the nation dearly.
In the business world, wishful thinking is beyond foolish.
London, June 16 ( ANI ): Veteran singer Morrissey has slammed reports that he plans to retire in 2014 as "wishful thinking" by his critics.
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The next general election is scheduled to be held in 2013, but political observers expect polling to be held much earlier in view of the country's overall situation, a claim which the Pakistan People's Party government rejects as mere wishful thinking by the opposition.
It may be wishful thinking to believe that by welcoming the footballing world in eight years' time, Russian fans may discover some enlightenment.
Carrie Fisher has wrung a multimedia cottage industry out of her dysfunctional, famous-from-the-womb life, and this latest autobiographical iteration, "Wishful Drinking," is great fun.
The Times quoted a senior Afghan government official as saying on Thursday: "British Intelligence was naive and there was wishful thinking on our part."
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