/məˈkɔbərɪzəm/ (say muh'kawbuhrizuhm)

the attitude of a person who makes no provision for the future, trusting wholly in good fortune.
{from Mr Micawber a character in David Copperfield (published as a novel, 1850) by Charles Dickens}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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  • micawberism — mi·caw·ber·ism …   English syllables

  • micawberism — bəˌrizəm noun ( s) Usage: usually capitalized : the improvident state or habitually optimistic point of view of a Micawber * * * Micawˈberism noun • • • Main Entry: ↑Micawberish …   Useful english dictionary

  • hesitation — Synonyms and related words: Fabian policy, Micawberism, abeyance, averseness, backwardness, balbuties, bashfulness, boggle, boggling, break, caesura, calculation, canniness, capriciousness, care, careful consideration, carefulness, caution,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • laxness — Synonyms and related words: Fabian policy, Micawberism, abandon, abandonment, acceptance, backwardness, bagginess, clemency, clementness, compassion, culpa, culpable negligence, default, dereliction, dilatoriness, disregard, easiness,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • mugwump — Synonyms and related words: Fabian policy, Micawberism, Milquetoast, anythingarian, apostate, backslider, backwardness, big boy, big chief, big shot, bigwig, bolter, collaborationist, collaborator, convert, defector, deserter, dilatoriness, fence …   Moby Thesaurus

  • procrastination — Synonyms and related words: Fabian policy, Micawberism, a wise passiveness, backwardness, contemplation, contemplative life, continuation, culpa, culpable negligence, dalliance, dallying, dawdling, default, dereliction, dilatoriness,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • slowness — Synonyms and related words: Fabian policy, Micawberism, acedia, afterthought, amble, antipathy, apathy, aridity, asininity, averseness, aversion, backwardness, barrenness, bind, block, blockage, blockishness, bloodlessness, boobishness,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • stall — Synonyms and related words: Fabian policy, Micawberism, Nissen hut, Quonset hut, acrobatics, aerobatics, alcove, amen corner, anxious bench, anxious seat, area, arrest, artifice, auditorium, backwardness, balcony, banking, barn, be dilatory,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • -ism — suffix forming nouns, esp. denoting: 1 an action or its result (baptism; organism). 2 a system, principle, or ideological movement (Conservatism; jingoism; feminism). 3 a state or quality (heroism; barbarism). 4 a basis of prejudice or… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Mi|caw|ber|ism — «muh K buhr ihz uhm», noun. the quality or condition of being Micawberish: »My own fear is that the present Micawberism will leave us wide open…to a humiliating series of defeats (London Times) …   Useful english dictionary

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