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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.
Origin of ideal type
First recorded in 1925-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Him he regarded as "the ideal type, the poet par excellence."

  • To Mariposilla he was the ideal type of masculine American elegance.

    Mariposilla Mary Stewart Daggett
  • According to reports, her beauty must have been of the ideal type of the time.

    Women of Modern France (Illustrated) Hugo Paul Thieme (1870-1940)
  • Hence the ideal type of this form of the family is the Roman family.

  • 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
  • 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
  • Isak, who is his ideal type of citizen, is also one of his great poetic creations.

    Knut Hamsun Hanna Astrup Larsen
  • He is an ideal type of the Irish priesthood, a man of culture, learning, and charming personality.

    One Irish Summer William Eleroy Curtis
  • They do not include a sufficient amount of professional training nor is that which is provided always the ideal type.

    The School System of Norway David Allen Anderson
  • 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

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