1. [ adjective ] conforming to an ultimate standard of perfection or excellence; embodying an ideal
Related terms: perfect
2. [ noun ] the idea of something that is perfect; something that one hopes to attain
Related terms: idea criterion exemplar paragon value ego_ideal idealize idealize
3. [ adjective ] represented in the abstract rather than as they really are
Synonyms: idealistic
Related terms: utopian
4. [ noun ] model of excellence or perfection of a kind; one having no equal
Synonyms: saint nonpareil apotheosis nonesuch nonsuch paragon
Related terms: model jimdandy humdinger class_act apotheosize
5. [ adjective ] 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"

Related terms: abstract
6. [ adjective ] of or relating to the philosophical doctrine of the reality of ideas
Synonyms: idealistic
Related terms: idealism idealism
Similar spelling:   ideally