What does the word wishful mean?

Usage examples for wishful

  1. Seemingly, she had indulged in wishful thinking. – Ghost Beyond the Gate by Mildred A. Wirt
  2. " He hain't a wishful feller nohow," the stranger was always told, " despite thet he knows hist'ry an' sich like lore in an' out an' back'ards an' forrards." – A Pagan of the Hills by Charles Neville Buck
  3. But may we not now anticipate such a solemn review, by asking those who are wishful to destroy Christianity, what they intend to put in its place when their object is accomplished. – Parish Papers by Norman Macleod