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[ahy-dee-uh-lee] /aɪˈdi ə li/
in accordance with an ideal; perfectly.
in theory or principle.
in idea, thought, or imagination.
Origin of ideally
First recorded in 1590-1600; ideal + -ly Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Sir Walter was ideally suited for the task which he set himself.

    Hampstead and Marylebone Geraldine Edith Mitton
  • His own cabin at the moment seemed an ideally peaceful retreat.

    They of the High Trails

    Hamlin Garland
  • He was about to do an ideally evil thing, to the accomplishment of an ideally evil end.

    Peak and Prairie Anna Fuller
  • Why can't you get her back here and let her visualize the ideally beautiful?

    The Ideal Stanley Grauman Weinbaum
  • Every detail was as harmonious as an ideally conceived Christmas card.

Word Origin and History for ideally

"in the best conceivable situation," 1840, from ideal + -ly (2). Earlier "in an archetype" (1640s); "in idea or imagination" (1590s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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