ide·​al·​ly | \ ī-ˈdē-ə-lē How to pronounce ideally (audio) , -ˈdē(-ə)l-lē \

Definition of ideally

1a : 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
2 : in relation to an exemplar
3 : in idea or imagination : mentally

Examples of ideally in a Sentence

His skills made him ideally suited for the job. They were ideally suited to one another. The ski slope was situated ideally.
Recent Examples on the Web Legal experts say companies should notify users when a court or government agency asks them for data, ideally before complying with the request. Nicole Nguyen, WSJ, 19 June 2022 The goal of the Jan. 6 committee hearings is to impart information and tell the whole story of what really happened that day, and ideally, to reach as many in the American electorate as possible. Jessica Maddox, The Conversation, 17 June 2022 The solution would ideally dispose of the Styrofoam or digest it in a way that allows new plastic products to be created, thereby reducing the need for new plastic materials, Rinke said. Pranshu Verma, Washington Post, 17 June 2022 Partnerships like this are essential when trying to bring new technology like autonomous driving to market—cooperation in the development phase ideally helps to ensure all the different pieces ultimately play well together. Patrick Moorhead, Forbes, 16 June 2022 The next running drill should ideally be done on a track or a half-mile stretch of road. Ali Nolan, SELF, 16 June 2022 With Saudi Arabia as the world's top exporter of oil, Mr. Biden could use the visit to ask the kingdom to help stabilize oil markets, ideally lowering prices back in the U.S. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, 14 June 2022 The Aggies hope their Omaha venture pushes into days — ideally 10 for them in angling for the program’s first national title. Brent Zwerneman, San Antonio Express-News, 14 June 2022 Yet another assault on the supply side — the increase in the regulatory burden imposed on corporations since Joe Biden took office — should be halted (and, ideally, put into reverse). The Editors, National Review, 13 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of ideally

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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“Ideally.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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