ide·​al·​is·​tic | \ (ˌ)ī-ˌdē-(ə-)ˈli-stik How to pronounce idealistic (audio) , ˌī-dē- \

Definition of idealistic

: of or relating to idealists or idealism

Other Words from idealistic

idealistically \ (ˌ)ī-​ˌdē-​(ə-​)ˈli-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce idealistic (audio) , ˌī-​dē-​ \ adverb

Examples of idealistic in a Sentence

idealistic pacifists who thought that tyranny could be toppled by rational argument and mutual understanding
Recent Examples on the Web The central character is Janine, a young, idealistic teacher who wants to fix what isn’t working (sometimes literally, as in the case of the school’s temperamental electrical system). oregonlive, 11 Jan. 2022 C’mon C’mon looks idealistic, foolish even, beside The Lost Daughter—which is exactly right. Jo Livingstone, The New Republic, 7 Jan. 2022 Further, his years of battling for his turf have left him with a philosophy, one that is lofty and perhaps too idealistic for a world of bribes, kickbacks, and extravagant displays of power. Daniel D'addario, Variety, 29 Dec. 2021 The patriarch, Russ Hildebrandt, is the local church’s idealistic associate pastor. New York Times, 15 Dec. 2021 Dorsey’s vision for bitcoin, much like his vision for Twitter, is confidently idealistic. Charlie Warzel, The Atlantic, 3 Dec. 2021 Although idealistic, the idea of equity in the distribution of international power can also be a major reason behind maintaining international relationships. Naveen Joshi, Forbes, 12 Dec. 2021 The film tells the story of an idealistic lawyer in a small town. Liza Foreman, Variety, 5 Dec. 2021 Brave Mars is in your sign and forming a beneficial angle to idealistic Neptune in your expression sector, encouraging and inspiring you to speak your truth. Tarot Astrologers,, 29 Nov. 2021

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1824, in the meaning defined above

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“Idealistic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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