AskDefine | Define ideal

Dictionary Definition

ideal adj
1 conforming to an ultimate standard of perfection or excellence; embodying an ideal
2 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"
3 of or relating to the philosophical doctrine of the reality of ideas [syn: idealistic]

Noun

1 the idea of something that is perfect; something that one hopes to attain
2 model of excellence or perfection of a kind; one having no equal [syn: paragon, nonpareil, saint, apotheosis, nonesuch, nonsuch]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

  • /aɪˈdɪəl/|/aɪˈdi:.əl/, /aI"dI@l/, /aI"di:.@l/

Adjective

  1. Optimal; being the best possibility.
  2. Perfect, flawless, having no defects.
  3. Existing only in the mind; conceptual.

Translations

being optimal
  • Czech: ideální
  • German: ideal
  • Hungarian: ideális
  • Polish: idealny
  • Russian: идеальный
being perfect
  • Czech: ideální
  • German: ideal
  • Hungarian: tökéletes, eszményi
  • Polish: idealny
  • Russian: идеальный
conceptual
  • German: ideell
  • Hungarian: képzelt
  • Polish: pojęciowy , konceptualny
  • Russian: идеальный, абстракный

Noun

  1. A perfect standard of beauty, intellect, etc., or a standard of excellence.
  2. mathematics order theory A subset of a partially ordered set comprising an element and all elements less than it.
  3. In the context of "for example|algebra": A subring closed under multiplication by its containing ring.

Translations

a perfect standard of beauty, intellect, etc.
(order theory)
  • Russian: идеал
(algebra)
  • Russian: идеал
an unattainable state
  • Hungarian: ábránd
  • Polish: ideał
  • Russian: идеал

Spanish

Etymology

ideālis

Adjective

  1. ideal

Noun

  1. ideal

Swedish

Pronunciation

Noun

ideal
  1. ideal; perfect standard
  2. In the context of "maths|lang=sv": ideal; special subsets of a ring

Extensive Definition

Ideal may refer to:
  • Ideal (ethics), principles or values that one actively pursues as goals
  • Platonic ideal, a philosophical idea of trueness of form, associated with Plato

In mathematics

In science

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Other uses

ideal in Danish: Ideal
ideal in German: Ideal
ideal in Spanish: Ideal
ideal in Italian: Ideale
ideal in Dutch: Ideal
ideal in Polish: Ideał
ideal in Portuguese: Ideal
ideal in Russian: Идеал (значения)
ideal in Slovak: Ideál
ideal in Swedish: Ideal
ideal in Ukrainian: Ідеал
ideal in Chinese: 理想

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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