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.

Nearby words

  1. ideal element,
  2. ideal gas,
  3. ideal gas law,
  4. ideal of pure reason,
  5. ideal point,
  6. idealise,
  7. idealism,
  8. idealist,
  9. idealistic,
  10. ideality

Origin of ideal type

First recorded in 1925–30 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019