- 1Satisfying one’s conception of what is perfect; most suitable: the swimming pool is ideal for a quick dip this is an ideal opportunity to save moneyMore example sentences
- Light and easy to wear, this beachwear classic is ideal for perfecting that all-over-tan.
- These organizations can make you aware of internship opportunities, which are ideal for giving you experience and exposure into the industry.
- Otherwise, the concept was ideal for providing theatre experience for young actors.
- 2 [attributive] Existing only in the imagination; desirable or perfect but not likely to become a reality: in an ideal world, we might have made a different decisionMore example sentences
- In reality, this ideal comparison group does not exist.
- Those stories, I never enjoyed them as much as she presumed - it was too ideal to be a reality.
- Mathematics concerns mental activity, not some ideal realm of independently existing entities.
- 2.1Representing an abstract or hypothetical optimum: mathematical modeling can determine theoretically ideal conditionsMore example sentences
- That race over an extended three miles and one furlong on a sharp course hardly represented ideal conditions for Running Moss, who will be much better suited tomorrow.
- These four conditions represent an ideal scenario in which all gains from trade are found and captured by people looking for opportunities to trade.
- The pavement managing system to identify pavement conditions is an index of 10, with 10 representing an ideal road surface.
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- 1A person or thing regarded as perfect: you’re my ideal of how a man should beMore example sentences
- Everyone thought of him as the perfect ideal of the American citizen.
- In the mind's ear, one has an ideal of the perfect performance of a piece.
- Gagarin was pushed by the Soviets as the epitome of the Communist ideal.
- 1.1A standard of perfection; a principle to be aimed at: tolerance and freedom, the liberal idealsMore example sentences
- Or do we do a little of both, going back and forth, and back again, from moral intuition to principled ideal?
- Although it is based on the parables of Jesus, it lays down principles and ideals for living that are relevant to all faiths.
- Yet they all fought for the same sort of ideals and principles as those in the International Brigades.
late Middle English (as a term in Platonic philosophy, in the sense 'existing as an archetype'): from late Latin idealis, from Latin idea (see idea).