ideal type

noun

: an abstraction of features from empirical reality and their embodiment into a unified conceptual scheme of hypothetical validity
sees the ideal type of monogamy in Christian marriageRodney Needham
analysis of social situations by the use of ideal types

Word History

First Known Use

1923, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ideal type was in 1923

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“Ideal type.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ideal%20type. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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