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optimistic
used in Freakonomics

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Definition
expecting the best; or focusing on the good part of things
  • Fox proposed optimistic and pessimistic scenarios.
    p. 2.2
  • In the optimistic scenario, he believed, the rate of teen homicides would rise another 15 percent over the next decade; in the pessimistic scenario, it would more than double.
    p. 2.2
  • The economist Isaac Ehrlich, in an oft-cited 1975 paper, put forth an estimate that is generally considered optimistic: executing 1 criminal translates into 7 fewer homicides that the criminal might have committed.
    p. 123.9

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