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IDEALISM

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does idealism mean? 

IDEALISM (noun)
  The noun IDEALISM has 3 senses:

1. (philosophy) the philosophical theory that ideas are the only reality
2. impracticality by virtue of thinking of things in their ideal form rather than as they really are
3. elevated ideals or conduct; the quality of believing that ideals should be pursued

  Familiarity information: IDEALISM used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


IDEALISM (noun)


Sense 1idealism [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

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

philosophical doctrine; philosophical theory (a doctrine accepted by adherents to a philosophy)

Domain category:

philosophy (the rational investigation of questions about existence and knowledge and ethics)


Sense 2idealism [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Impracticality by virtue of thinking of things in their ideal form rather than as they really are

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

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

impracticality (concerned with theoretical possibilities rather than actual use)

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

romanticism (impractical romantic ideals and attitudes)

knight errantry; quixotism (quixotic (romantic and impractical) behavior)


Sense 3idealism [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Elevated ideals or conduct; the quality of believing that ideals should be pursued

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

high-mindedness; noble-mindedness; idealism

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

grandeur; magnanimousness; nobility; nobleness (the quality of elevation of mind and exaltation of character or ideals or conduct)


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