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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. constituting or existing only in the form of an idea or mental image or conception; " a poem or essay may be typical of its period in idea or ideal content"
  5. conforming to an ultimate standard of perfection or excellence; embodying an ideal
  6. represented in the abstract rather than as they really are
  7. Existing in idea or thought; conceptional; intellectual; mental; as, ideal knowledge.
  8. Reaching an imaginary standard of excellence; fit for a model; faultless; as, ideal beauty.
  9. Existing in fancy or imagination only; visionary; unreal.
  10. Teaching the doctrine of idealism; as, the ideal theory or philosophy.
  11. Imaginary.
  12. A mental conception regarded as a standard of perfection; a model of excellence, beauty, etc.
  13. Existing in imagination only; visionary; impractical; conforming to a standard of perfection; perfect.
  14. A mental conception or an individual regarded as the standard of perfection.
  15. Ideally.
  16. Relating to an idea; imaginative; not real.
  17. Existing in idea: mental: existing in imagination only: the highest and best conceivable, the perfect, as opp. to the real, the imperfect.
  18. The highest conception of anything.
  19. Existing in idea; mental; imaginative.
  20. Highest conception.
  21. Pertaining to ideas; exiting only in idea; reaching the highest conception.
  22. A model; type; highest conceivable state.
  23. Something imaginary.
  24. Existing in idea or conception; existing only in idea; visionary; phenomenal; the best conceivable; perfect.
  25. Intellectual conception or standard.
  26. Existing in idea; mental; unreal.
  27. 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. 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
  2. It is an ideal place to rest. – Out of Doors--California and Oregon by J. A. Graves
  3. We can't do as we would in an ideal world." – In His Steps by Charles M. Sheldon
  4. It will be an ideal life. – Blind Love by Wilkie Collins
  5. It was a wonderful game, and Isabelle thrilled to think that it was " her ideal who had suggested it. – The Cricket by Marjorie Cooke
  6. " I have found my ideal – Wife in Name Only by Charlotte M. Braeme (Bertha M. Clay)
  7. It is ideal it's perfectly ideal Harry. – Jewel's Story Book by Clara Louise Burnham
  8. 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
  9. What is an ideal marriage? – Hints for Lovers by Arnold Haultain
  10. Never did there exist a more ideal being. – Dreams, Waking Thoughts, and Incidents by William Beckford
  11. It ought to have been ideal and- it wasn't. – The Heather-Moon by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. She is not my ideal of a good girl. – Idle Ideas in 1905 by Jerome K. Jerome
  15. 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
  16. " Our lives, even at the best, are far from being the ideal you present. – The Captain of the Gray-Horse Troop by Hamlin Garland
  17. It was an ideal spot. – In the Tail of the Peacock by Isabel Savory
  18. Suppose your ideal should come true? – The Unspeakable Perk by Samuel Hopkins Adams
  19. " 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
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