buoyant

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buoy +‎ -ant

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buoyant (comparative more buoyant, superlative most buoyant)

  1. Having buoyancy; able to float.
  2. (figuratively) Lighthearted and lively.
    I’m in a buoyant mood.
  3. (of an economy, business etc.) Involving or engaged in much successful trade or activity.
    • 1964 September, G. Freeman Allen, “Interim report on the East Coast Route express service”, in Modern Railways, page 158:
      [...] the accelerated, high-frequency East Coast express timetable, operating this year in a buoyant economic environment, is beginning to attract more business travel to rail (although there is still a long way to go before the potential is fully realised); [...].

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