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  1. in accordance with an ideal; perfectly.
  2. in theory or principle.
  3. in idea, thought, or imagination.
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Origin of ideally

First recorded in 1590–1600; ideal + -ly
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Related Words for ideally

correctly, wonderfully, admirably, flawlessly, impeccably, exquisitely, superbly, supremely, handsomely, gracefully, splendidly, magnificently, gorgeously, sublimely, appealingly, delightfully, elegantly, seductively, excellently, fitly

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Historical Examples of ideally

  • 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.

  • 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).

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