from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adv. In a wishful manner.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- With desire; longingly; wistfully.
- Desirably; according to one's wishes.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adv. in a wishful manner
George Steevens remarks that the 4to. of 1598 reads "wishfully," a variation which should be noted, and perhaps adopted, but, printing from the folio, we retained "wilfully."
(Hat-tip to Tim Roll-Pickering, who unlike most Tories actually understands Europe and thinks, in my opinion a bit wishfully, that this won't last.)
The voodoo economics is the effort to combine the social democratic and neoliberal models, or wishfully think that tax cuts pay for themselves.
Favreau was so wishfully thought upon as director of the Avengers, mostly because of his success with Iron Man; not only was it a kick-ass stand-alone film, but we got the sense that he truly understood the characters and could deliver.
Others can coddle the fools who dither and simper wishfully over gods and old myths and apologetics, but some of us have to charge forward and stake out a solid position, one that excludes altogether the ancient fairy tales.
But "Three Seconds" is the first Roslund and Hellstrom book that has been wishfully packaged to suggest that "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" has a second cousin.
Indeed Alain Minc, an unofficial adviser to Sarkozy, has suggested – perhaps wishfully – that Sarko would look better when a socialist candidate entered the race.
UCLA's Rick Neuheisel, whose team lost to Oregon last season in a brutal 60-13 rout, predicted perhaps a bit wishfully that Oregon may soon be solved.
In contrast, they appear to favor the powerful Muslim Brotherhood, wishfully assuming the organization has moderated its Islamist ideology, or could possibly act as a bulwark against Iran.
You can ask wishfully that things might be as you would like them to be or you deal with them as they are, and I think we have to deal with them as they are.