ideal


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Ideal \I*de"al\, n.
   A mental conception regarded as a standard of perfection; a
   model of excellence, beauty, etc.
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         The ideal is to be attained by selecting and assembling
         in one whole the beauties and perfections which are
         usually seen in different individuals, excluding
         everything defective or unseemly, so as to form a type
         or model of the species. Thus, the Apollo Belvedere is
         the ideal of the beauty and proportion of the human
         frame.                                   --Fleming.
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   Beau ideal. See Beau ideal.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Ideal \I*de"al\, a. [L. idealis: cf. F. id['e]al.]
   1. Existing in idea or thought; conceptional; intellectual;
      mental; as, ideal knowledge.
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   2. Reaching an imaginary standard of excellence; fit for a
      model; faultless; as, ideal beauty. --Byron.
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            There will always be a wide interval between
            practical and ideal excellence.       --Rambler.
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   3. Existing in fancy or imagination only; visionary; unreal.
      "Planning ideal common wealth." --Southey.
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   4. Teaching the doctrine of idealism; as, the ideal theory or
      philosophy.
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   5. (Math.) Imaginary.

   Syn: Intellectual; mental; visionary; fanciful; imaginary;
        unreal; impracticable; utopian.
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