Pronunciation: (hōp'ful), Strict Standards: Non-static method FenSites::linkTo() should not be called statically in /site/html/dictionary/hopeful.html on line 75 [key]
1. full of hope; expressing hope: His hopeful words stimulated optimism.
2. exciting hope; promising advantage or success: a hopeful prospect.
a person who shows promise or aspires to success: the Democratic presidential hopeful.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.