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

Nearby words

  1. idealistic,
  2. ideality,
  3. idealization,
  4. idealize,
  5. idealized image,
  6. ideamonger,
  7. ideas of reference,
  8. ideate,
  9. ideation,
  10. ideational

Origin of ideally

First recorded in 1590–1600; ideal + -ly Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper