What does ideal mean?

Definitions for ideal
aɪˈdi əl, aɪˈdilide·al

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word ideal.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ideal(noun)

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

  2. ideal, paragon, nonpareil, saint, apotheosis, nonesuch, nonsuch(adj)

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

  3. ideal(adj)

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

  4. ideal(adj)

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

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

  5. ideal, idealistic(adj)

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

Wiktionary

  1. ideal(Noun)

    A perfect standard of beauty, intellect etc., or a standard of excellence to aim at.

    Ideals are like stars; you will not succeed in touching them with your hands. But like the seafaring man on the desert of waters, you choose them as your guides, and following them you will reach your destiny - Carl Schurz

    Etymology: From idéal, from idealis, from idea; see idea.

  2. ideal(Noun)

    A non-empty lower set (of a partially ordered set) which is closed under binary suprema (a.k.a. joins).

    Etymology: From idéal, from idealis, from idea; see idea.

  3. ideal(Noun)

    A subring closed under multiplication by its containing ring.

    Let uE00025117uE001 be the ring of integers and let uE00025118uE001 be its ideal of even integers. Then the quotient ring uE00025119uE001 is a Boolean ring.

    Etymology: From idéal, from idealis, from idea; see idea.

  4. ideal(Adjective)

    Optimal; being the best possibility.

    Etymology: From idéal, from idealis, from idea; see idea.

  5. ideal(Adjective)

    Perfect, flawless, having no defects.

    Etymology: From idéal, from idealis, from idea; see idea.

  6. ideal(Adjective)

    Existing only in the mind; conceptual, imaginary.

    Etymology: From idéal, from idealis, from idea; see idea.

  7. ideal(Adjective)

    Not actually present, but considered as present when limits at infinity are included.

    Etymology: From idéal, from idealis, from idea; see idea.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ideal(adj)

    existing in idea or thought; conceptional; intellectual; mental; as, ideal knowledge

  2. Ideal(adj)

    reaching an imaginary standard of excellence; fit for a model; faultless; as, ideal beauty

  3. Ideal(adj)

    existing in fancy or imagination only; visionary; unreal

  4. Ideal(adj)

    teaching the doctrine of idealism; as, the ideal theory or philosophy

  5. Ideal(adj)

    imaginary

  6. Ideal(noun)

    a mental conception regarded as a standard of perfection; a model of excellence, beauty, etc

Freebase

  1. Ideal

    Ideal was one of the more successful German Neue Deutsche Welle music groups. It is best known for the songs "Blaue Augen", "Berlin", and "Monotonie".

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. ideal

    1. The dreams of a sin to come. 2. The mirage of failure. 3. The venom of the lost. 4. An excuse for murder, tyranny or for self-aggrandizement. 5. Any theory that justifies our secret itch.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ideal' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2208

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ideal' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2595

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ideal' in Nouns Frequency: #2086

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ideal' in Adjectives Frequency: #286

Anagrams for ideal »

  1. ailed, Delia, ladie

How to pronounce ideal?

  1. Alex
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How to say ideal in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ideal in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ideal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of ideal in a Sentence

  1. Olive Schreiner:

    Now we have no God. We have had two: the old God that our fathers handed down to us, that we hated, and never liked; the new one that we made for ourselves, that we loved; but now he has flitted away from us, and we see what he was made of -- the shadow of our highest ideal, crowned and throned. Now we have no God.

  2. George Eliot:

    It is a common enough case, that of a man being suddenly captivated by a woman nearly the opposite of his ideal.

  3. Arnold J. Toynbee:

    Apathy can be overcome by enthusiasm, and enthusiasm can only be aroused by two things first, an ideal, with takes the imagination by storm, and second, a definite intelligible plan for carrying that ideal into practice.

  4. William Barr:

    In any age, the so-called progressives treat politics as their religion. Their holy mission is to use the coercive power of the State to remake man and society in their own image, according to an abstract ideal of perfection. Whatever means they use are therefore justified because, by definition, they are a virtuous people pursing a deific end. They are willing to use any means necessary to gain momentary advantage in achieving their end, regardless of collateral consequences and the systemic implications. They never ask whether the actions they take could be justified as a general rule of conduct, equally applicable to all sides.

  5. Sebastian Coe:

    That is ideal but I am also aware that there are some technical issues which sometimes mean it is not possible, where it is possible, we should always look to try and help them.

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