February 28, 2021

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What is a Hopeful Word™?

In the spirit of the What is a Word™/Phrase™ series started by JLee, a special brand of Phrase™ and Word™ puzzles.


If a word conforms to a special rule, I call it a Hopeful Word™.
Use the examples below to find the rule.

Hopeful Words™ Not Hopeful Words™
AGAINST FOR
AGENTS SPY
BASE LOFTY
BATTLE ACCORD
CIVIL CHURLISH
DEATH LIFE
DESTROY REBUILD
EVIL GOOD
POWER RESPONSIBILITY
REBEL COMPLY
SINISTER HOPEFUL
STRIKING CARESSING
VICTORY DEFEAT
WAR PEACE
WEAPON PLOWSHARE

And, if you want to analyze, here is a CSV version:

Hopeful Words™,Not Hopeful Words™
AGAINST,FOR
AGENTS,SPY
BASE,LOFTY
BATTLE,ACCORD
CIVIL,CHURLISH
DEATH,LIFE
DESTROY,REBUILD
EVIL,GOOD
POWER,RESPONSIBILITY
REBEL,COMPLY
SINISTER,HOPEFUL
STRIKING,CARESSING
VICTORY,DEFEAT
WAR,PEACE
WEAPON,PLOWSHARE

The puzzle satisfies the series’ inbuilt assumption, that each word can be tested for whether it is a Hopeful Word™ without relying on the other words.
These are not the only examples of Hopeful Words™; many more exist.

What is the special rule these words conform to?