• Idea Definition & Synonyms

  1. (n.) A general notion, or a conception formed by generalization.
  2. (n.) The transcript, image, or picture of a visible object, that is formed by the mind; also, a similar image of any object whatever, whether sensible or spiritual.
  3. (n.) A belief, option, or doctrine; a characteristic or controlling principle; as, an essential idea; the idea of development.
  4. (n.) A plan or purpose of action; intention; design.
  5. (n.) A rational conception; the complete conception of an object when thought of in all its essential elements or constituents; the necessary metaphysical or constituent attributes and relations, when conceived in the abstract.
  6. (n.) Hence: Any object apprehended, conceived, or thought of, by the mind; a notion, conception, or thought; the real object that is conceived or thought of.
  7. (n.) A fiction object or picture created by the imagination; the same when proposed as a pattern to be copied, or a standard to be reached; one of the archetypes or patterns of created things, conceived by the Platonists to have excited objectively from eternity in the mind of the Deity.

Approximation, Estimate, Estimation, Mind, Theme, Thought,

• Ideal Definition & Synonyms

  1. (n.) A mental conception regarded as a standard of perfection; a model of excellence, beauty, etc.
  2. (a.) Imaginary.
  3. (a.) Teaching the doctrine of idealism; as, the ideal theory or philosophy.
  4. (a.) Reaching an imaginary standard of excellence; fit for a model; faultless; as, ideal beauty.
  5. (a.) Existing in fancy or imagination only; visionary; unreal.
  6. (a.) Existing in idea or thought; conceptional; intellectual; mental; as, ideal knowledge.

Apotheosis, Idealistic, Nonesuch, Nonpareil, Nonsuch, Paragon, Saint,