[aɪ'dɪəl;aɪ'diːəl] or [aɪ'diəl]


(noun.) the idea of something that is perfect; something that one hopes to attain.

(noun.) model of excellence or perfection of a kind; one having no equal.

(adj.) 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' .

(adj.) conforming to an ultimate standard of perfection or excellence; embodying an ideal .

(adj.) of or relating to the philosophical doctrine of the reality of ideas .

Editor: Whitney--From WordNet


(a.) Existing in idea or thought; conceptional; intellectual; mental; as, ideal knowledge.

(a.) Reaching an imaginary standard of excellence; fit for a model; faultless; as, ideal beauty.

(a.) Existing in fancy or imagination only; visionary; unreal.

(a.) Teaching the doctrine of idealism; as, the ideal theory or philosophy.

(a.) Imaginary.

(n.) A mental conception regarded as a standard of perfection; a model of excellence, beauty, etc.

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Synonyms and Synonymous

a. [1]. Intellectual, mental.[2]. Imaginary, unreal, fanciful, fantastic, fancied, illusory, chimerical, visionary, shadowy.

n. Imaginary standard, ideal model of perfection.

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Synonyms and Antonyms

SYN:Mental, notional, conceptional, intellectual, creative, spiritual, poetical,supposititious, fictitious, unreal, imaginary, chimerical, fanciful,imaginative

ANT:Physical, visible, material, tangible, historical, real, actual, palpable,substantial

Editor: Vito

Unserious Contents or Definition

For a young woman to dream of meeting her ideal, foretells a season of uninterrupted pleasure and contentment. For a bachelor to dream of meeting his ideal, denotes he will soon experience a favorable change in his affairs.

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