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ideally

[ ahy-dee-uh-lee ]
/ aɪˈdi ə li /
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adverb

in accordance with an ideal; perfectly.
in theory or principle.
in idea, thought, or imagination.

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idealistic, ideality, idealization, idealize, idealized image, ideally, ideamonger, ideas of reference, ideate, ideation, ideational

Origin of ideally

First recorded in 1590–1600; ideal + -ly
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adv.

"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