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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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  • He was about to do an ideally evil thing, to the accomplishment of an ideally evil end.

    Peak and Prairie Anna Fuller
  • Sir Walter was ideally suited for the task which he set himself.

    Hampstead and Marylebone Geraldine Edith Mitton
  • She is ideally, if not actually, the parliament of the believing world.

    Is Life Worth Living? William Hurrell Mallock
  • His own cabin at the moment seemed an ideally peaceful retreat.

    They of the High Trails Hamlin Garland
  • We may say that ideally the unimpeded exercise of the intellect forbids either sensation or emotion.

    The Religious Sentiment Daniel G. Brinton
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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