ideal

[ahy-dee-uhl, ahy-deel]
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noun

adjective


Origin of ideal

From the Late Latin word ideālis, dating back to 1605–15. See idea, -al1
Related formsi·de·al·ness, nounqua·si-i·de·al, adjectivequa·si-i·de·al·ly, adverbsub·i·de·al, adjective, nounsu·per·i·de·al, adjective, nounsu·per·i·de·al·ly, adverbun·i·de·al, adjective

Synonyms for ideal

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.
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British Dictionary definitions for quasi-ideal

ideal

noun

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

adjective

conforming to an ideal
of, involving, or existing in the form of an idea
philosophy
  1. of or relating to a highly desirable and possible state of affairs
  2. of or relating to idealism
Derived Formsideality (ˌaɪdɪˈælɪtɪ), nounideally, adverbidealness, noun
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Word Origin and History for quasi-ideal

ideal

adj.

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.

ideal

n.

"perfect person or thing," 1796, in a translation of Kant, from ideal (adj.).

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quasi-ideal in Medicine

ideal

[ī-dēəl, ī-dēl]

n.

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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