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A tendency to see or anticipate the worst.
[L. pessimus, worst, irreg. superl. of malus, bad]
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A frame of mind marked by loss of hope, confidence, or trust in a good outcome, even when such an outcome is likely. See: optimism

therapeutic pessimism

Nihilism (1).
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Pessimistically, they project a drop in Bahrain's annual economic growth from 4 to 3.5 per cent
To have thrown himself with such zeal into this multifaceted project of writing and rewriting, and yet for the results to read so pessimistically, seems strange.
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Or, to frame the matter more pessimistically, "After the end of the first millennium, the great period of Christian growth and expansion was over" (p.
"Pessimistically, I'm looking at a result which will be a 1996-type result, a heavy defeat for the government," he added, referring to the election which brought Liberal leader John Howard to power.
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Employment prospects were assessed less pessimistically across all sectors in both regions.
Tseng Ju-hsueh remarked that the growth target is challenging but achievable, adding that "unlike the economic forecast of the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting, and Statistics, economic-growth target is meant to spur the government's effort and therefore should be set at a proper level, neither unrealistically high nor pessimistically low." According to the growth target, after deducting the 3.8% growth for 2013, the average growth should top 4.7% during the three years of 2014-2016.
Glamorgan bowler James Harris has been approached - "I think we're one of 17 counties and Glamorgan might have had a word with him as well" said Cook pessimistically - and overseas batsmen sounded out.
sees the current economic situation somewhat pessimistically, in contrast to recent, more optimistic studies with titles like Africa's Emerging Economies (Steven Radelet, 2010), Africa's Moment (Jean-Michel Severino and Olivier Ray, 2012), and Africa's Turn (Edward Miguel, 2009).
Variety did not, as Baker pessimistically concludes, commit suicide in the 1960s.
Summary: After Libya's civil war, experts pessimistically predicted a recovery in the country's oil industry could stretch on for as long as three years.