[ ahy-dee-uhl, ahy-deel ]
/ aɪˈdi əl, aɪˈdil /



Nearby words

  1. idea hamster,
  2. idea man,
  3. idea of pure reason,
  4. idea of reference,
  5. ideaistic,
  6. ideal crystal,
  7. ideal element,
  8. ideal gas,
  9. ideal gas law,
  10. ideal of pure reason

Origin of ideal

From the Late Latin word ideālis, dating back to 1605–15. See idea, -al1

Related forms

Synonym study

1, 2. Ideal, example, model refer to something considered as a standard to strive toward or something considered worthy of imitation. An ideal is a concept or standard of perfection, existing merely as an image in the mind, or based upon a person or upon conduct: We admire the high ideals of a religious person. Sir Philip Sidney was considered the ideal in gentlemanly conduct. An example is a person or the conduct or achievements of a person regarded as worthy of being followed or imitated in a general way; or sometimes, as properly to be avoided: an example of courage; a bad example to one's children. A model is primarily a physical shape to be closely copied, but is also a pattern for exact imitation in conduct or character: They took their leader as a model. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for idealness

  • The idealness of the Point for machine guns to repel any landing, seems only too evident.

    Australia in Arms|Phillip F.E. Schuler

British Dictionary definitions for idealness


/ (aɪˈdɪəl) /


a conception of something that is perfect, esp that which one seeks to attain
a person or thing considered to represent perfectionhe's her ideal
something existing only as an idea
a pattern or model, esp of ethical behaviour


Derived Formsideality (ˌaɪdɪˈælɪtɪ), nounideally, adverbidealness, noun

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Word Origin and History for idealness
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for idealness


[ ī-dēəl, ī-dēl ]


A conception of something in its absolute perfection.
One that is regarded as a standard or model of perfection or excellence.

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