non·​ide·​al | \ ˌnän-ī-ˈdē(-ə)l How to pronounce nonideal (audio) , -ˈī-ˌdē(-ə)l \

Definition of nonideal

: not ideal especially : not exactly right for a particular purpose, situation, or person nonideal circumstances

Other Words from nonideal

nonideally adverb

Examples of nonideal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The reality is that many of the squeaky wheels tend to be nonideal clients. Darrell Amy, Forbes, 7 Mar. 2022 But scarcity could prompt people to use the tests in nonideal ways, as my pharmacist was verging on advising me to do. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 10 Nov. 2021 Perhaps in response to the nonideal economic release, the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) rolled over RMB 600 billion worth of medium-term lending facilities (MLF) that came due today, in a sign of continuing policy support. Brendan Ahern, Forbes, 15 Sep. 2021 Today was different—even with the drizzly, nonideal conditions. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, 6 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of nonideal

1819, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonideal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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