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[ahy-dee-uh-lee] /aɪˈdi ə li/
in accordance with an ideal; perfectly.
in theory or principle.
in idea, thought, or imagination.
Origin of ideally
1590-1600; ideal + -ly Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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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

"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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