ide·​al·​is·​tic | \ (ˌ)ī-ˌdē-(ə-)ˈli-stik , ˌī-dē-\

Definition of idealistic

: of or relating to idealists or idealism

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idealistically \ (ˌ)ī-​ˌdē-​(ə-​)ˈli-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē , ˌī-​dē-​ \ adverb

Examples of idealistic in a Sentence

idealistic pacifists who thought that tyranny could be toppled by rational argument and mutual understanding

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While these are not easy afflictions to heal, and perhaps impossible to cure, one of the greatest threats to recovery remains the stubborn (and often idealistic) unwillingness of those who wield the scalpels to cut away the sickness. Laura Hudson, The Verge, "Twitter is wrong: facts are not enough to combat Alex Jones," 10 Aug. 2018 In the third episode of Netflix comedy GLOW, energetic and idealistic producer Bash Howard (Chris Lowell) has taken the ragtag group of wannabe female wrestlers to his exotic mansion in Malibu. Mike Bloom, The Hollywood Reporter, "'GLOW' Stars Wrestle With Inclusion and Satire Through Stereotypes," 5 July 2018 One image at a time, Richardson and the Art Hoe Collective are tearing apart idealistic standards and making room for more multi-hyphenate identities. Michaela Dosamantes, Glamour, "6 Women Who Are Shaping the Future of Fashion," 23 Oct. 2018 But beyond the idealistic marketing hype the reality is far more malignant. Diana Budds, Curbed, "Facial recognition is becoming one of the 21st century’s biggest public space issues," 19 Oct. 2018 But Antitrust is also incredibly idealistic about the power of transparency. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Looking back at Antitrust, the movie where Bill Gates murders coders," 7 Sep. 2018 Mortimer plays Florence Green, a young, rather idealistic widow who decides (against all advice) to open a bookshop in a small, conservative East Anglian town that quite possibly doesn’t want a bookshop, thank you very much. Moira Macdonald, The Seattle Times, "Love bookstores and English villages? ‘The Bookshop’ may just be the film for you," 28 Aug. 2018 And for a candidate with a scant resume in public service, the initiative offers the best look into Cox’s approach to politics, at once idealistic and unyielding to change. Melanie Mason,, "Before John Cox was Trump's choice for governor, he was on a quixotic mission to remake California's Legislature," 31 May 2018 In this novel, like his last one, Gessen writes with special feeling about the flyspecked romance of being young, idealistic, frugal and needing to scrounge for a decent meal. New York Times, "Struggling to Love, Work and Do the Right Thing in Putin’s Russia," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of idealistic

1824, in the meaning defined above

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