cautiously optimistic meaning, cautiously optimistic definition | English Cobuild dictionary

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1       adj   Someone who is cautious acts very carefully in order to avoid possible danger.  
oft ADJ about n/-ing   (=careful)     (Antonym: rash)    The scientists are cautious about using enzyme therapy on humans..., He is a very cautious man.     
   cautiously             adv   usu ADV with v, also ADV adj  
David moved cautiously forward and looked over the edge..., Cautiously, he moved himself into an upright position.     
2       adj   If you describe someone's attitude or reaction as cautious, you mean that it is limited or careful.   (=circumspect)     (Antonym: rash)    He has been seen as a champion of a more cautious approach to economic reform.     
   cautiously             adv   usu ADV adj, also ADV with v     (Antonym: rashly)    I am cautiously optimistic that a new government will be concerned and aware about the environment..., Rebel sources have so far reacted cautiously to the threat.     
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a person who is optimistic regardless of the circumstances and especially in the face of unrelieved hardship or adversity
From the name of the tutor and philosopher in Voltaire's Candide (1759). Ex: One needn't be a Pangloss to dismiss the notion that the world can ever get better.
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