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definition of the word ideal

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< French idéal < Late Latin ideālis (existing in idea) < Latin idea (idea); see idea.

ideal (comparative more ideal, superlative most ideal)

Positive
ideal

Comparative
more ideal

Superlative
most ideal

  1. Optimal; being the best possibility.
  2. Perfect, flawless, having no defects.
  3. Existing only in the mind; conceptual, imaginary.
    • 1796, Matthew Lewis, The Monk, Folio Society 1985, p. 256:
      The idea of ghosts is ridiculous in the extreme; and if you continue to be swayed by ideal terrors —
    • 1818, Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus,[1] Chapter 4,
      Life and death appeared to me ideal bounds, which I should first break through, and pour a torrent of light into our dark world.


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