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Definition 1: the idea of something that is perfect; something that one hopes to attain - [noun denoting cognition]

(ideal is a kind of ...) the content of cognition; the main thing you are thinking about

"it was not a good idea" "the thought never entered my mind"

(... is a kind of ideal ) an ideal accepted by some individual or group

"he has old-fashioned values"

(... is a kind of ideal ) an ideal instance; a perfect embodiment of a concept

(... is a kind of ideal ) the ideal in terms of which something can be judged

"they live by the standards of their community"

(... is a kind of ideal ) something to be imitated

"an exemplar of success" "a model of clarity" "he is the very model of a modern major general"

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

Definition 2: model of excellence or perfection of a kind; one having no equal - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for ideal in the sense of this definition

(ideal is a kind of ...) someone worthy of imitation

"every child needs a role model"

(... is a kind of ideal ) someone excellent of their kind

"he's a jimdandy of a soldier"

(... is a kind of ideal ) someone who shows impressive and stylish excellence

(... is a kind of ideal ) someone of remarkable excellence

"a humdinger of a secretary"

Definition 3: of or relating to the philosophical doctrine of the reality of ideas - [adjective denoting pert]

Synonyms for ideal in the sense of this definition

Definition 4: constituting or existing only in the form of an idea or mental image or conception - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where ideal or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

(ideal is similar to ...) existing only in the mind; separated from embodiment

"abstract words like `truth' and `justice'"

Definition 5: conforming to an ultimate standard of perfection or excellence; embodying an ideal - [adjective satellite denoting all]

(ideal is similar to ...) being complete of its kind and without defect or blemish

"a perfect circle" "a perfect reproduction" "perfect happiness" "perfect manners" "a perfect specimen" "a perfect day"

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