Definition for OP'TI-MISM

OP'TI-MISM, n. [L. optimus, best.]

The opinion or doctrine that every thing in nature is ordered for the best; or the order of things in the universe that is adapted to produce the most good. The true and amiable philosophy of optimism. Walsh. A system of strict optimism may be the real system in both cases. Paley.

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