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ideal type

a construct abstracted from experience in which individual elements are combined to form a whole that is conceptually independent of empirical factors or variables, but against which particular examples of the appropriate class found in life can be measured.
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1925-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • He was the ideal type of the feudal lord for whom no interest prevails against his own.

    Belgium Emile Cammaerts
  • I've got eyes in my head and I could see she was pretty, very pretty, though not my ideal type at all.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • It reconstructs the ideal type which nature has failed to carry out.

  • Joseph, a name frequently used by Persian poets, irrespective of gender, to symbolise the ideal type of human beauty.

    Jallu'd-dn Rm Frederick Hadland Davis
  • Hence the ideal type of this form of the family is the Roman family.

  • She was what I should describe as the ideal type of "new" woman,—tall and athletic, yet without any affectation of mannishness.

    The Silent Bullet Arthur B. Reeve
  • Isak, who is his ideal type of citizen, is also one of his great poetic creations.

    Knut Hamsun Hanna Astrup Larsen
  • The apprehension of him as an ideal type forms the common character of the immediate Socratic schools.

  • It is impossible, however, to form a conception of what may be regarded as an ideal type of the human species.

    Disease and Its Causes William Thomas Councilman
  • Notaries buy them for twenty thousand francs, while pictures of the ideal type are sold for three sous.

    Sentimental Education Vol 1 Gustave Flaubert

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