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Definition of ideal noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    ideal

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    noun
    BrE BrE//aɪˈdiːəl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//aɪˈdiːəl//
     
     
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  1. 1  [countable] an idea or standard that seems perfect, and worth trying to achieve or obtain political ideals She found it hard to live up to his high ideals.
  2. 2  [countable, usually singular] ideal (of something) a person or thing that you think is perfect It's my ideal of what a family home should be.
  3. Word Origin late Middle English (as a term in Platonic philosophy, in the sense ‘existing as an archetype’): from late Latin idealis, via Latin from Greek idea ‘form, pattern’, from the base of idein ‘to see’.Extra examples A journalist should always live up to the ideals of truth, decency, and justice. Platonic ideals of beauty Sam was a real leader who had high moral ideals. She was accused of betraying her political ideals. They still clung to the old ideals. This agreement falls far short of the ideal. This is not an unattainable ideal. We obviously share the same ideals. romantic ideals of motherhood the democratic ideals embodied in the charter Democratic ideals include the principle that everyone should have a say in how they are governed. His followers sometimes found it hard to live up to his high ideals. Is true love an unattainable ideal? It’s my ideal of what a family home should be.
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