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Definition of ideal:

  1. A mental conception regarded as a standard of perfection; a model of excellence, beauty, etc.
  2. Existing in fancy or imagination only; visionary; unreal.
  3. Existing in idea or thought; conceptional; intellectual; mental; as, ideal knowledge.
  4. Imaginary.
  5. Reaching an imaginary standard of excellence; fit for a model; faultless; as, ideal beauty.
  6. Teaching the doctrine of idealism; as, the ideal theory or philosophy.


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