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I'd like to think so

This page is about the conversational phrase I'd like to think so

Meaning

You can say this if you hope something's true, even though it might not be.

For example

  • "Do you think their marriage will last a long time?"
    "I'd like to think so, but you never know."

  • "Can we trust them?"
    "I'd like to think so, but you know what teenage boys can be like."

Quick Quiz

If someone says "I'd like to think so", it means they

a. would like to think more before deciding

b. believe something even though it's wrong

c. want to believe something despite their doubts

Contributor: Matt Errey