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.
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- ideal element,
- ideal gas,
- ideal gas law,
- ideal of pure reason,
- ideal point,
Origin of ideal type
First recorded in 1925–30
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