ADJ: ADJ n (approval)
If you say that someone has a can-do attitude, you approve of them because they are confident and willing to deal with problems or new tasks, rather than complaining or giving up. [INFORMAL]

He is known for his optimistic can-do attitude...

America is once again being seen as a strong, can-do nation.


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