ideally

adverb ide·al·ly \ ī-ˈdē-ə-lē , -ˈdē(-ə)l-lē \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of ideally

1 : in idea or imagination : mentally
2 : in relation to an exemplar
3 a : conformably to or in respect to an ideal : perfectly
b : for best results
  • ideally, the counselor should vary his techniques for each applicant
  • —T. M. Martinez
c : in accordance with an ideal or typical standard : classically

Examples of ideally in a Sentence

  1. His skills made him ideally suited for the job.

  2. They were ideally suited to one another.

  3. The ski slope was situated ideally.

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First Known Use of ideally

1598


IDEALLY Defined for English Language Learners

ideally

adverb

Definition of ideally for English Language Learners

  • : in an ideal way

  • —used to say what should happen or be done to produce the best results



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