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

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nonideally adverb

Examples of nonideal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Today was different—even with the drizzly, nonideal conditions. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "In New York City, Where Style and Hustle Rule, This Is What Democracy Looks Like," 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 12 May. 2021.

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