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IDEAL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does ideal mean? 

IDEAL (noun)
  The noun IDEAL has 2 senses:

1. the idea of something that is perfect; something that one hopes to attain
2. model of excellence or perfection of a kind; one having no equal

  Familiarity information: IDEAL used as a noun is rare.


IDEAL (adjective)
  The adjective IDEAL has 3 senses:

1. conforming to an ultimate standard of perfection or excellence; embodying an ideal
2. constituting or existing only in the form of an idea or mental image or conception
3. of or relating to the philosophical doctrine of the reality of ideas

  Familiarity information: IDEAL used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


IDEAL (noun)


Sense 1ideal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The idea of something that is perfect; something that one hopes to attain

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Hypernyms ("ideal" is a kind of...):

idea; thought (the content of cognition; the main thing you are thinking about)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "ideal"):

value (an ideal accepted by some individual or group)

beau ideal; idol; paragon; perfection (an ideal instance; a perfect embodiment of a concept)

criterion; standard (the ideal in terms of which something can be judged)

example; exemplar; good example; model (something to be imitated)

ego ideal ((psychoanalysis) the part of the ego that contains an ideal of personal excellence toward which a person strives)


Sense 2ideal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Model of excellence or perfection of a kind; one having no equal

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

apotheosis; nonesuch; nonpareil; nonsuch; paragon; ideal; saint

Hypernyms ("ideal" is a kind of...):

model; role model (someone worthy of imitation)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "ideal"):

crackerjack; jimdandy; jimhickey (someone excellent of their kind)

class act (someone who shows impressive and stylish excellence)

humdinger (someone of remarkable excellence)


IDEAL (adjective)


Sense 1ideal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Conforming to an ultimate standard of perfection or excellence; embodying an ideal

Similar:

perfect (being complete of its kind and without defect or blemish)


Sense 2ideal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Constituting or existing only in the form of an idea or mental image or conception

Context example:

a poem or essay may be typical of its period in idea or ideal content

Similar:

abstract (existing only in the mind; separated from embodiment)


Sense 3ideal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of or relating to the philosophical doctrine of the reality of ideas

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Synonyms:

idealistic; ideal

Pertainym:

idealism ((philosophy) the philosophical theory that ideas are the only reality)


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