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n. pl. i·de·al·i·ties
1. The state or quality of being ideal.
2. Existence in idea only.


(ˌaɪ diˈæl ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. ideal quality or character.
2. capacity to idealize.
3. Philos. existence only in idea and not in reality.
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Noun1.ideality - the quality of being ideal
quality - an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare
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In dressing, she moved about in a mental cloud of many-coloured idealities, which eclipsed all sinister contingencies by its brightness.
Bounderby received no offence from these idealities.
The ambiguity in Derrida's though will be established (also in part II) through considering three ways that the omnitemporality of idealities could be reconciled with their non-existence prior to their first intuiting.
The idealities and abstractions of science, or Galilean science, perform, or try to perform, the elimination of life.
Yet the modern body appears curiously disconnected from the inner self, raising continuing questions about its meaning in relation to both characters' idealities and, Zak suggests, Wharton's sense of modernity.
As an image of originary making in the novel, however, and of the making of something ideal, Lodore's education of Ethel can instead be seen to initiate a pattern of disjunctions between idealities and their way of coming into being, to draw attention to the messy details by which ideals come about.
His experience, meanwhile, shows why it is not desirable: true idealities are viselike idees fixe.
In fact, either "by excess [for example, saturated phenomenon] or by default [death, mathematical idealities, the cogito] givenness must in many cases renounce appearing--be restricted to abandon" (p.