idea vs ideal :

Definitions

  • n  the content of cognition; the main thing you are thinking about
    it was not a good idea
  • n  your intention; what you intend to do
    the idea of the game is to capture all the pieces
  • n  a personal view
    he has an idea that we don't like him
  • n  an approximate calculation of quantity or degree or worth
    a rough idea how long it would take
  • n  (music) melodic subject of a musical composition
    the accompanist picked up the idea and elaborated it

  • n  the idea of something that is perfect; something that one hopes to attain
  • n  model of excellence or perfection of a kind; one having no equal
  • s  conforming to an ultimate standard of perfection or excellence; embodying an ideal
  • 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
  • a  of or relating to the philosophical doctrine of the reality of ideas
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