- pertaining to a possible state of affairs considered as highly desirable.
- pertaining to or of the nature of idealism.
Origin of ideal
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Contemporary Examples of ideals
A soldier in the service of ideals and aspirations that formed his core.Mario Cuomo, Always Moving Us Toward the Light
January 4, 2015
Could he have won the White House in 1992, and if he had, would he have lived up to his ideals?President Cuomo Would’ve Been a Lion
January 2, 2015
In an effort to cope with the implications of this question, Americans have subtly but sweepingly shifted their ideals.How Young People Are Destroying Liberty
October 11, 2014
Their main loyalty is to the values and ideals of our nation.Why We’ll Always Need a Civil Rights Movement
July 15, 2014
President Obama told Ukrainians “neither the United States nor Europe are perfect in adherence to our ideals.”President Obama’s Belgian Waffle
March 27, 2014
Historical Examples of ideals
There is no short cut to the making of these ideals into glad realities.
Americans, of all people, should never be surprised by the power of our ideals.
Advancing these ideals is the mission that created our Nation.
Was it possible that such a woman had no understanding of ideals of honour in love?
Until she knew of that world and its ideals, how could I expect her to understand my motives?
- of or relating to a highly desirable and possible state of affairs
- of or relating to idealism
early 15c., "pertaining to an archetype or model," from Late Latin idealis "existing in idea," from Latin idea in the Platonic sense (see idea). Sense of "perfect" first recorded 1610s.
"perfect person or thing," 1796, in a translation of Kant, from ideal (adj.).