ideal - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

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  1. 1
    [often plural] an idea about what is good and right, that you try to follow in your life and behaviour

    the socialist ideal of equality for all members of society

    He has high ideals, but often fails to live up to them.

  2. 2
    the best example of something that you can think of or imagine

    Sophie represented his ideal of beauty.