Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun ideal

2 senses of ideal

Sense 1
ideal -- (the idea of something that is perfect; something that one hopes to attain)
       => idea, thought -- (the content of cognition; the main thing you are thinking about; "it was not a good idea"; "the thought never entered my mind")

Sense 2
ideal, paragon, nonpareil, saint, apotheosis, nonesuch, nonsuch -- (model of excellence or perfection of a kind; one having no equal)
       => model, role model -- (someone worthy of imitation; "every child needs a role model")

Antonyms of adj ideal

2 of 3 senses of ideal

Sense 1
ideal -- (conforming to an ultimate standard of perfection or excellence; embodying an ideal)

INDIRECT (VIA perfect) -> imperfect -- (not perfect; defective or inadequate; "had only an imperfect understanding of his responsibilities"; "imperfect mortals"; "drainage here is imperfect")

Sense 2
ideal -- (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")

INDIRECT (VIA abstract) -> concrete -- (capable of being perceived by the senses; not abstract or imaginary; "concrete objects such as trees")

Similarity of adj ideal

3 senses of ideal

Sense 1
ideal -- (conforming to an ultimate standard of perfection or excellence; embodying an ideal)
       => perfect (vs. imperfect) -- (being complete of its kind and without defect or blemish; "a perfect circle"; "a perfect reproduction"; "perfect happiness"; "perfect manners"; "a perfect specimen"; "a perfect day")

Sense 2
ideal -- (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")
       => abstract (vs. concrete) -- (existing only in the mind; separated from embodiment; "abstract words like `truth' and `justice'")

Sense 3
ideal, idealistic -- (of or relating to the philosophical doctrine of the reality of ideas)

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