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wishful thinking

To hope for something that is unlikely to happen. Ugh, look at this traffic! I guess actually being on time today 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.
See also: thinking

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?
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Wishful thinking is missing from standard logic textbooks (such as Copi's and Hurley's) though some Critical Thinking texts discuss the issue.
It is time we started paying heed to the words of the only party leader capable of rational analysis and thought, because the wishful thinkers have brought us to the brink of partition.
While acknowledging the valuable science that has emerged, such as understanding the life and death of stars, "it seems the wishful thinking is as strong as ever.
Something Wishful is Chester's "most spectacular cultural event of the year", featuring fireworks, floating sculptures, human Catherine wheels, a wishing tree, lanterns and music.
Think this is more wishful thinking from the man who claimed that major combat operations in Iraq ended in May 2003?
WISHFUL THINKING ON IRAQ (The Washington Post, Washington)
Widespread wishful thinking notwithstanding, Froehle shows clearly how nostalgia about the good old days of our church is a dead end.
This doctrinaire belief that the department can and will clean its own house has proven to be wishful thinking.
In times of trouble many of us have tried wishful thinking and bargaining with God.
Just telling teachers to "use their creativity" and hoping that all particulars would be covered was institutionalized wishful thinking.
While many major headlines bemoaned the recession, the newsletter's take went against the current: the economy wasn't a lost cause, and a recovery wasn't just wishful thinking.
It's like truth and lies and half-truths and wishful thinking and nonsense and genuine facts and genuine facts out of context and real stuff.
WISHFUL THINKING: The 13-night holiday is pounds 1,385pp with B&B in hotels and full board in the jungle but without flights through Real Holidays, 020 7359 3938, or see www.
It concerns our failure to notice that our civil liberties have been abridged--our capacity for self-deception, our willingness to engage in wishful thinking, our ability to imagine that things are not as bad as they seem despite considerable evidence to the contrary.
But a Blunkett spokesman hit back: 'I think this is a case of wishful thinking on Diane Abbott's part.