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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. 2017.
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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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