Synonyms for Ideal:


conceptual; impractical (adjective)
dreamlike, fanciful, utopian, extravagant, visionary, theoretical, imaginary, abstract, unreal, fictitious, unearthly, chimerical, quixotic, mercurial.
model (adjective)
exemplary, image, specimen, example, prototype, model, instance, sample, archetypal, simulation.
model, perfect (adjective)
archetypal, consummate, absolute, exemplary, supreme, fitting, prototypical, excellent.
perfect (adjective)
fitting, excellent, supreme, consummate, absolute, perfect.
visionary (adjective)


commitment, faith, philosophy, principle, belief, theory, idea, thought, concept. flagship, the gold standard, good, paradigm, the Top Ten, king, mirror, the best, optimum, queen, the last word. dream, hope, aspiration, infallible, above/beyond reproach, perfectly, watertight, ideally. archetypical, prototypical, typical. consummate, excellent, absolute, supreme, fitting. ideal (noun)
idealistic, nonesuch, utopian, apotheosis, paragon, nonsuch, nonpareil, perfect, abstract, saint.
model (noun)
mirror, prototype, example, paradigm, nonesuch, nonpareil, paragon.
nonpareil (noun)
typical (noun)
archetypical, prototypical, typical.
visionary (noun)

Other synonyms:

commitment, the gold standard, belief, the Top Ten, philosophy, watertight, optimum, well-chosen, theory, absolute, suitable, principle, ideally. faith, fitting, suited, dream, paradigm, infallible, flagship, perfectly, convenient, possible. aspiration, apt. the last word, proper. king, mirror, queen. good. characteristic

Usage examples for ideal

  1. There would never be another master- romance- never again so rich a giving, nor so pure an ideal – She Buildeth Her House by Will Comfort
  2. The mother was an ideal mother, and, as George Sand declared, Chopin's " only love." – Chopin: The Man and His Music by James Huneker
  3. She loved him in her way, it made her happy to be loved in that ideal fashion. – The Mystery of Metropolisville by Edward Eggleston