Meaning of IDEAL in English


— idealness , n.

/uy dee"euhl, uy deel"/ , n.

1. a conception of something in its perfection.

2. a standard of perfection or excellence.

3. a person or thing conceived as embodying such a conception or conforming to such a standard, and taken as a model for imitation: Thomas Jefferson was his ideal.

4. an ultimate object or aim of endeavor, esp. one of high or noble character: He refuses to compromise any of his ideals.

5. something that exists only in the imagination: To achieve the ideal is almost hopeless.

6. Math. a subring of a ring, any element of which when multiplied by any element of the ring results in an element of the subring.


7. conceived as constituting a standard of perfection or excellence: ideal beauty.

8. regarded as perfect of its kind: an ideal spot for a home.

9. existing only in the imagination; not real or actual: Nature is real; beauty is ideal.

10. advantageous; excellent; best: It would be ideal if she could accompany us as she knows the way.

11. based upon an ideal or ideals: the ideal theory of numbers.

12. Philos.

a. pertaining to a possible state of affairs considered as highly desirable.

b. pertaining to or of the nature of idealism.

[ 1605-15; idealis. See IDEA, -AL 1 ]

Syn. 1, 2. epitome. IDEAL, EXAMPLE, MODEL refer to something considered as a standard to strive toward or something considered worthy of imitation.

An IDEAL is a concept or standard of perfection, existing merely as an image in the mind, or based upon a person or upon conduct: We admire the high ideals of a religious person. Sir Philip Sidney was considered the ideal in gentlemanly conduct. An EXAMPLE is a person or the conduct or achievements of a person regarded as worthy of being followed or imitated in a general way; or sometimes, as properly to be avoided: an example of courage; a bad example to one's children. A MODEL is primarily a physical shape to be closely copied, but is also a pattern for exact imitation in conduct or character: They took their leader as a model. 4. intention, objective. 7. perfect, consummate, complete. 9. illusory, imaginary, fanciful, fantastic.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .