ideally

[ahy-dee-uh-lee]
adverb
1.
in accordance with an ideal; perfectly.
2.
in theory or principle.
3.
in idea, thought, or imagination.

Origin:
1590–1600; ideal + -ly

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ideal (aɪˈdɪəl)
 
n
1.  a conception of something that is perfect, esp that which one seeks to attain
2.  a person or thing considered to represent perfection: he's her ideal
3.  something existing only as an idea
4.  a pattern or model, esp of ethical behaviour
 
adj
5.  conforming to an ideal
6.  of, involving, or existing in the form of an idea
7.  philosophy
 a.  of or relating to a highly desirable and possible state of affairs
 b.  of or relating to idealism
 
ideality
 
n
 
i'deally
 
adv
 
i'dealness
 
n

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Example sentences
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.
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