What does ideal mean?

Definitions for ideal
aɪˈdi əl, aɪˈdilide·al

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. idealnoun

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

  2. ideal, paragon, nonpareil, saint, apotheosis, nonesuch, nonsuchadjective

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

  3. idealadjective

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

  4. idealadjective

    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, idealisticadjective

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

Wiktionary

  1. idealnoun

    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

  2. idealnoun

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

  3. idealnoun

    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.

  4. idealadjective

    Optimal; being the best possibility.

  5. idealadjective

    Perfect, flawless, having no defects.

  6. idealadjective

    Existing only in the mind; conceptual, imaginary.

  7. idealadjective

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Idealadjective

    Mental; intellectual; not perceived by the senses.

    Etymology: from idea.

    There is a two-fold knowledge of material things; one real, when the thing, and the real impression thereof on our senses, is perceived; the other ideal, when the image or idea of a thing, absent in itself, is represented to and considered on the imagination. George Cheyne, Phil. Prin.

Wikipedia

  1. IDEAL

    iDEAL is an e-commerce payment system used in the Netherlands, based on online banking. Introduced in 2005, this payment method allows customers to buy on the Internet using direct online transfers from their bank account. iDEAL remains by far the most popular method for online payments in the Netherlands, well beyond credit card use, and was used for 54% of all Dutch online payments in 2014. The service processed 4.5 million transfers in 2006, 15 million transfers in 2007, 28 million transfers in 2008, 45.4 million in 2009, 68.8 million in 2010, 93.8 million in 2011, 117.2 million in 2012, 142.5 million in 2013, 180.2 million in 2014, 222 million in 2015, 282 million in 2016 and in 2019 655 million transactions. iDEAL is owned by the Dutch organization Currence, which also owned PIN and Chipknip. As of April 2016, the total amount of payments exceeded one billion.The participating banks in iDEAL are ABN AMRO, ASN Bank, bunq, ING Bank, Knab, Rabobank, RegioBank, Revolut, SNS, Svenska Handelsbanken, Triodos Bank, Van Lanschot and De Volksbank. Together, they serve the vast majority of the Dutch online banking market.

ChatGPT

  1. ideal

    An ideal is a principle, standard, or concept of perfection that represents a state of excellence or ultimate goal that individuals or entities aspire to achieve or maintain. It can be presented in various aspects such as moral, political, social, or personal beliefs or values and used as a benchmark for measuring worthiness or success. An ideal can often serve as a driving force for actions, decisions, and behaviors.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Idealadjective

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

  2. Idealadjective

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

  3. Idealadjective

    existing in fancy or imagination only; visionary; unreal

  4. Idealadjective

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

  5. Idealadjective

    imaginary

  6. Idealnoun

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

Wikidata

  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

  2. Delia

  3. ladie

  4. adiel

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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. Steve Jurczyk:

    The Mars 2020 Perseverance mission embodies our nation’s spirit of persevering even in the most challenging of situations, inspiring, and advancing science and exploration, the mission itself personifies the human ideal of persevering toward the future and will help us prepare for human exploration of the Red Planet.

  2. Shai Akabas:

    It's more likely to serve as a tax-planning tool for wealthy individuals than a lifeline for the middle class, this is an emergency situation, but we already have an underlying retirement security problem, so sending the signal that it's OK to make yourself less financially secure to gain more security today is not ideal public policy.

  3. Peter Rice:

    Kimberly Godwin is an instinctive and admired executive whose unique experiences, strengths and strategic vision made Kimberly Godwin the ideal choice to lead the outstanding team at ABC News and build on their incredible success.

  4. Ben Carson:

    The thing that I really learned in listening to the refugees themselves is their intense desire is to return to their country and repatriated, there's so many people who think the ideal for everybody is to come to America and be resettled here but that is not the ideal for everybody.

  5. Phillips Brooks:

    The ideal life is in our blood and never will be still. Sad will be the day for any man when he becomes contented with the thoughts he is thinking and the deeds he is doing -- where there is not forever beating at the doors of his soul some great desire to do something larger, which he knows that he was meant and made to do.

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