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ideal type

a construct abstracted from experience in which individual elements are combined to form a whole that is conceptually independent of empirical factors or variables, but against which particular examples of the appropriate class found in life can be measured.
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1925-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Faces are rarely true to any ideal type, but are a record in sculpture of a thousand anecdotes of whim and folly.
  • We believe the inclined bubbling fluidized bed is the ideal type of reactor for this application.

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