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: in idea or imagination : mentally
: in relation to an exemplar
: conformably to or in respect to an ideal : perfectly
: for best results
ideally, the counselor should vary his techniques for each applicant— T. M. Martinez
: in accordance with an ideal or typical standard : classically
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faultlessly, flawlessly, immaculately, impeccably, pat, perfectly
amiss, badly, defectively, faultily, imperfectly
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1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1
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: in an ideal way
—used to say what should happen or be done to produce the best results
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