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Adjective: ideal  I'dee-ul
  1. Conforming to an ultimate standard of perfection or excellence; embodying an ideal
  2. 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"
  3. Of or relating to the philosophical doctrine of the reality of ideas
    - idealistic
Noun: ideal  I'dee-ul
  1. The idea of something that is perfect; something that one hopes to attain
  2. Model of excellence or perfection of a kind; one having no equal
    - paragon, nonpareil, saint, apotheosis, nonesuch [archaic], nonsuch [archaic]
Noun: beau idéal
  1. An ideal instance; a perfect embodiment of a concept
    - paragon, idol, perfection

Derived forms: ideals

See also: abstract, perfect

Type of: idea, model, role model, thought

Encyclopedia: Ideal, Illinois