Ideally
Ideally I*de"al*ly, adv. In an ideal manner; by means of ideals; mentally. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • ideally — (adv.) in the best conceivable situation, 1840, from IDEAL (Cf. ideal) + LY (Cf. ly) (2). Earlier in an archetype (1640s); in idea or imagination (1590s) …   Etymology dictionary

  • ideally — [ī dē′əl ē] adv. 1. in accordance with an ideal or ideals; in an ideal manner; perfectly 2. in theory …   English World dictionary

  • ideally — [[t]aɪdi͟ːəli[/t]] 1) ADV: ADV with cl/group If you say that ideally a particular thing should happen or be done, you mean that this is what you would like to happen or be done, but you know that this is may not be possible or practical. People… …   English dictionary

  • ideally — i|de|al|ly [ aı diəli ] adverb * 1. ) used for saying what you would like to happen or how things should be if anything were possible: Ideally, all patients should have had the same number of follow up visits. Your research should ideally include …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • ideally */ — UK [aɪˈdɪəlɪ] / US [aɪˈdɪəlɪ] adverb 1) used for saying what you would like to happen or how things should be if everything that you wanted were possible Ideally, all patients should have had the same number of follow up visits. Your research… …   English dictionary

  • ideally — i|deal|ly S3 [aıˈdıəli] adv 1.) used to describe the way you would like things to be even though this may not be possible [sentence adverb] ▪ Ideally, your car should have high security locks. ▪ Fruit and vegetables should ideally be organically… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • ideally — adverb 1 (sentence adverb) used to describe the way you would like things to be, even though this may not be possible: How many orders are you hoping for, ideally? | Ideally I d like a job where I can work from home. 2 ideally… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • ideally — adv. Ideally is used with these adjectives: ↑qualified, ↑situated, ↑suited Ideally is used with these verbs: ↑locate, ↑place, ↑position …   Collocations dictionary

  • ideally — [aɪˈdɪəli] adv 1) used for saying what you would like to happen or how things should be Ideally, we should finish everything by this afternoon.[/ex] 2) in the best possible way The lake is ideally suited to sailing.[/ex] …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • ideally — adverb Date: 1598 1. in idea or imagination ; mentally 2. in relation to an exemplar 3. a. 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.… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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