- pertaining to a possible state of affairs considered as highly desirable.
- pertaining to or of the nature of idealism.
Examples from the Web for ideal
The land at Easter Elchies was the ideal place for Reid to set up his business.
I reached out with heartfelt pleas, and spoke to people that I felt were ideal—and I was right in most cases.Idris Elba on Eric Garner, ‘Mi Mandela,’ and Selling Weed to Dave Chappelle|Marlow Stern|December 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The problem comes at this point because the liquid loses its potency within an hour even in ideal conditions.Powdered Measles Vaccine Could Be Huge for Developing World|Kent Sepkowitz|December 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
If I said “refugees,” that stood for the ideal of everything I did when I ran for president.Wyclef Jean Talks Lauryn Hill, the Yele Haiti Controversy, and Chris Christie|Marlow Stern|November 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Artists now consider the Ideal Palace a piece of “naive” or “outsider” art.
The banks on each side were high and steep, making it far from an ideal fording place.The Pony Rider Boys in Texas|Frank Gee Patchin
It can therefore no longer call forth reverence, or be treated as an independent aim and ideal.Ethics and Modern Thought|Rudolf Eucken
In this material and in such forms, the ideal as concrete spirituality does not admit of being realized.
Like our ideal magnets, they approach each other for a time as wholes.Six Lectures on Light|John Tyndall
The modern European ideal of a torpedo boat is a craft 152 feet long, with a beam of 15¼ feet.Last Words|Stephen Crane
British Dictionary definitions for ideal
- of or relating to a highly desirable and possible state of affairs
- of or relating to idealism