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Pessimistic Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    pessimistic adj : expecting the worst in this worst of all possible worlds [ant: optimistic]
Pessimistic Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Pessimist \Pes"si*mist\, Pessimistic \Pes`si*mis"tic\, a. (Metaph.) Of or pertaining to pessimism; characterized by pessimism; gloomy; foreboding. ``Giving utterance to pessimistic doubt.'' --Encyc. Brit.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Pessimistic'


Pessimism, from the Latin pessimus (worst), is a state of mind in which one perceives life negatively. Value judgments may vary dramatically between individuals, even when judgments of fact are undisputed. The most common example of this phenomenon is the "Is the glass half empty or half full?" situation. The degree in which situations like these are evaluated as something good or something bad can be described in terms of one's optimism or pessimism respectively. Throughout history, the pessimistic disposition has had effects on all major areas of thinking.

Philosophical pessimism is the similar but not identical idea that life has a negative value, or that this world is as bad as it could possibly be. It has also been noted by many philosophers that pessimism is not a disposition as the term commonly connotes. Instead, it is a cogent philosophy that directly challenges the notion of progress and what may be considered the faith-based claims of optimism.

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* There are no optimistic or pessimistic personalities. There are only single, individual choices for optimistic or pessimistic thoughts. - Steve Chandler


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