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Definitions of ideal

  1. model of excellence or perfection of a kind; one having no equal
  2. of or relating to the philosophical doctrine of the reality of ideas
  3. the idea of something that is perfect; something that one hopes to attain
  4. conforming to an ultimate standard of perfection or excellence; embodying an ideal
  5. represented in the abstract rather than as they really are
  6. Existing in idea or thought; conceptional; intellectual; mental; as, ideal knowledge.
  7. Reaching an imaginary standard of excellence; fit for a model; faultless; as, ideal beauty.
  8. Existing in fancy or imagination only; visionary; unreal.
  9. Teaching the doctrine of idealism; as, the ideal theory or philosophy.
  10. Imaginary.
  11. A mental conception regarded as a standard of perfection; a model of excellence, beauty, etc.
  12. Existing in imagination only; visionary; impractical; conforming to a standard of perfection; perfect.
  13. A mental conception or an individual regarded as the standard of perfection.
  14. Ideally.
  15. Relating to an idea; imaginative; not real.
  16. Existing in idea: mental: existing in imagination only: the highest and best conceivable, the perfect, as opp. to the real, the imperfect.
  17. The highest conception of anything.
  18. Existing in idea; mental; imaginative.
  19. Highest conception.
  20. Pertaining to ideas; exiting only in idea; reaching the highest conception.
  21. A model; type; highest conceivable state.
  22. Something imaginary.
  23. Existing in idea or conception; existing only in idea; visionary; phenomenal; the best conceivable; perfect.
  24. Intellectual conception or standard.
  25. Existing in idea; mental; unreal.
  26. A type or standard; an imaginary model of perfection; in painting and sculpture, that which goes beyond nature, yet is modelled upon it; bean ideal, that which unites in one form all the excellences found only in different individual forms.
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Usage examples for ideal

  1. Never did there exist a more ideal being. – Dreams, Waking Thoughts, and Incidents by William Beckford
  2. " Our lives, even at the best, are far from being the ideal you present. – The Captain of the Gray-Horse Troop by Hamlin Garland
  3. " They would see that I am in love," he thought, " and shape my ideal for me in advance." – Bohemians of the Latin Quarter by Henry Murger
  4. " I have found my ideal. – Wife in Name Only by Charlotte M. Braeme (Bertha M. Clay)
  5. Yes, we are loyal, as you are- loyal to a common ideal, a common mission in the world. – Lady Merton, Colonist by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  6. Suppose your ideal should come true? – The Unspeakable Perk by Samuel Hopkins Adams
  7. That the conditions were ideal it would be foolish to suppose; but that, for villagers at least, they had certain advantages over present conditions is not to be denied. – Change in the Village by (AKA George Bourne) George Sturt
  8. What is an ideal marriage? – Hints for Lovers by Arnold Haultain
  9. She is not my ideal of a good girl. – Idle Ideas in 1905 by Jerome K. Jerome
  10. It ought to have been ideal and- it wasn't. – The Heather-Moon by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  11. The day of the race was ideal, clear and warm and no wind blowing to speak of. – Jimmie Moore of Bucktown by Melvin Earnest Trotter
  12. It is an ideal place to rest. – Out of Doors--California and Oregon by J. A. Graves
  13. It is ideal, it's perfectly ideal, Harry. – Jewel's Story Book by Clara Louise Burnham
  14. We can't do as we would in an ideal world." – In His Steps by Charles M. Sheldon
  15. It was an ideal spot. – In the Tail of the Peacock by Isabel Savory
  16. It will be an ideal party- we four. – Tom Swift in the Land of Wonders or, The Underground Search for the Idol of Gold by Victor Appleton
  17. Well, it looks as if we had fallen into an ideal spot for Boy Scouts." – The Boy Scouts On The Range by Lieut. Howard Payson
  18. It will be an ideal life. – Blind Love by Wilkie Collins
  19. It was a wonderful game, and Isabelle thrilled to think that it was " her ideal" who had suggested it. – The Cricket by Marjorie Cooke
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