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What's a powerful word for someone who "sees the best in others"?

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A life-coach perhaps? At least they should have the ability to, whether it is their true intention or not. –  Michael Lai Sep 2 '13 at 22:21

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I think it depends on the person and his/her perspective on the matter.

For instance, someone who recognizes that humans are flawed but believes in their fundamental goodness nonetheless could be described as forgiving, good-natured, tolerant or benevolent.

Someone who has faith in others to do the right thing (and potentially doesn't see or overlooks their character flaws) could be described as trusting or idealistic.

If we, knowing as we do that people are rather nasty creatures, describe such a person from our cynical vantage point, we might call him/her credulous, naive or unsuspecting.

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I would say the person has a 'generous' view of the other.

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You could call someone a Pollyanna. Although its meaning is a bit broader, it might be appropriate in context.

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"Pollyanna" is a common idiom, but by no means a widespread one. I hear it so rarely I always forget what it means. –  Blazemonger Oct 3 '11 at 15:39
Pollyanna actually means being blindly optimistic, to a fault. I think that should be made clear, because it's not necessarily a nice thing to call someone. –  Daniel Oct 3 '11 at 18:10

Such a person might be said to be sanguine in nature, or possibly be a Pangloss.

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