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ideally

[ahy-dee-uh-lee] /aɪˈdi ə li/
adverb
1.
in accordance with an ideal; perfectly.
2.
in theory or principle.
3.
in idea, thought, or imagination.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; ideal + -ly
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  • More subjected not only political but also social arrangements to the test of what he deemed ideally desirable.
  • ideally, this could eliminate some of the feeling of isolation that is inherent in tutorial-based online learning.
  • ideally the table should measure changes in political shifts from year to year.
  • ideally, this would be someone who has served on a search committee within a library.
  • ideally, you'll be able to describe your focus in a short tagline.
  • ideally, they should be written by people who can speak specifically about your teaching abilities.
  • ideally, your quest for a community-college position should begin early in your graduate studies.
  • ideally, you should scope out the site a few days in advance, especially if your interview is on a large campus.
  • Regarding authorship, ideally you will generate more than one paper from your project, and thus take turns with first authorship.
  • As for ethics, you should be giving the gift when grades are in and ideally after commencement.
Word Origin and History for ideally
adv.

"in the best conceivable situation," 1840, from ideal + -ly (2). Earlier "in an archetype" (1640s); "in idea or imagination" (1590s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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