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pessimistic

adjective uk   us   /ˌpes.ɪˈmɪs.tɪk/
B2 thinking that bad things are more likely to happen or emphasizing the bad part of a situation: The tone of the meeting was very pessimistic. The doctors are pessimistic (= not hopeful) about his chances of recovery.
pessimistically
adverb uk   us   /-tɪ.kəl.i/
Translations of “pessimistic”
in Korean 비관론적인…
in Arabic مُتَشائم…
in Portuguese pessimista…
in Catalan pessimista…
in Japanese 悲観的な, 厭(えん)世的な…
in Italian pessimista…
in Chinese (Traditional) 悲觀的…
in Russian пессимистический…
in Turkish kötümser, karamsar…
in Chinese (Simplified) 悲观的…
in Polish pesymistyczny…
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