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hopefuladjective

 us   /ˈhoʊp·fəl/
having hope or causing you to hope; believing or causing you to believe that something desired will happen: [+ that clause] I’m hopeful that when both sides understand the situation better, they will agree to meet and cooperate. The fact that he’s eating with a good appetite is a hopeful sign.

hopefulnoun [C]

 us   /ˈhoʊp·fəl/
a person who wants to achieve a position of power: Five presidential hopefuls were invited to speak.
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