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Dictionary definition for: Ideal

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

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

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

4. (s) 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"

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

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