ide·​a·​tion·​al ˌī-dē-ˈā-sh(ə-)nəl How to pronounce ideational (audio)
: of, relating to, or produced by ideation
broadly : of or relating to ideas
ideationally adverb

Examples of ideational in a Sentence

ideograms are ideational—they are meant to suggest some general idea and not a particular word or phrase
Recent Examples on the Web This ideational convergence, deepened by two decades of accumulating trust between India and the United States, has enhanced the strategic partnership and set the stage for even closer cooperation in the future. Ashley J. Tellis, Foreign Affairs, 20 Feb. 2020 Steven Spielberg extends Griffith’s and Ford’s historical insight through an astonishing mix of visual and ideational dialectics. Armond White, National Review, 28 June 2023 Einstein’s theories as ideational relativism. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 3 May 2021 And the Trump Administration is taking concrete steps to encourage this ideational fusion. Time, 13 Dec. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1853, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ideational was in 1853

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Cite this Entry

“Ideational.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


ide·​a·​tion·​al -shnəl, -shən-ᵊl How to pronounce ideational (audio)
: of, relating to, or produced by ideation
broadly : consisting of or referring to ideas or thoughts of objects not immediately present to the senses
ideationally adverb
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