[ ahy-dee-uhl, ahy-deel ]
/ aɪˈdi əl, aɪˈdil /
a conception of something in its perfection.
a standard of perfection or excellence.
a person or thing conceived as embodying such a conception or conforming to such a standard, and taken as a model for imitation: Thomas Jefferson was his ideal.
an ultimate object or aim of endeavor, especially one of high or noble character: He refuses to compromise any of his ideals.
something that exists only in the imagination: To achieve the ideal is almost hopeless.
Mathematics. a subring of a ring, any element of which when multiplied by any element of the ring results in an element of the subring.
conceived as constituting a standard of perfection or excellence: ideal beauty.
regarded as perfect of its kind: an ideal spot for a home.
existing only in the imagination; not real or actual: Nature is real; beauty is ideal.
advantageous; excellent; best: It would be ideal if she could accompany us as she knows the way.
based upon an ideal or ideals: the ideal theory of numbers.
- pertaining to a possible state of affairs considered as highly desirable.
- pertaining to or of the nature of idealism.
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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.
OTHER WORDS FROM ideal
i·de·al·ness, nounqua·si-i·de·al, adjectivequa·si-i·de·al·ly, adverbsub·i·de·al, adjective, noun
su·per·i·de·al, adjective, nounsu·per·i·de·al·ly, adverbun·i·de·al, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for sub-ideal
/ (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
conforming to an ideal
of, involving, or existing in the form of an idea
- of or relating to a highly desirable and possible state of affairs
- of or relating to idealism
Derived forms of idealideality (ˌaɪdɪˈælɪtɪ), nounideally, adverbidealness, noun
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Medical definitions for sub-ideal
[ ī-dē′əl, 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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