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ideally (adv.)

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

updated on June 22, 2012

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Definitions of ideally from WordNet

ideally (adv.)
in an ideal manner;
ideally, this will remove all problems
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