Meaning of “wishful thinking” in the English Dictionary

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"wishful thinking" in British English

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wishful thinkingnoun [ U ]

uk /ˌwɪʃ.fəl ˈθɪŋ.kɪŋ/ us /ˌwɪʃ.fəl ˈθɪŋ.kɪŋ/

the imagining or discussion of a very unlikely future event or situation as if it were possible and might one day happen:

"Do you think you might be in line for promotion?" "No, it's just wishful thinking."

(Definition of “wishful thinking” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"wishful thinking" in American English

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wishful thinkingnoun [ U ]

us /ˈwɪʃ·fəl ˈθɪŋ·kɪŋ/

the imagining of an unlikely future event or situation that you wish were possible:

We talked about buying a house someday, but right now it’s just wishful thinking.

(Definition of “wishful thinking” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)