Meaning of IDEAL in English

IDEAL

I. adjective Etymology: Middle English ydeall, from Late Latin ~is, from Latin idea Date: 15th century existing as an archetypal idea, 2. existing as a mental image or in fancy or imagination only, relating to or constituting mental images, ideas, or conceptions, 3. of, relating to, or embodying an ~ , conforming exactly to an ~, law, or standard ; perfect , of or relating to philosophical ~ism, II. noun Date: 15th century a standard of perfection, beauty, or excellence, one regarded as exemplifying an ~ and often taken as a model for imitation, an ultimate object or aim of endeavor ; goal , a subset of a mathematical ring that is closed under addition and subtraction and contains the products of any given element of the subset with each element of the ring, see: model ~less adjective

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