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Idealistic Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    idealistic adj
  1. of or relating to the philosophical doctrine of the reality of ideas [syn: ideal]
  2. of high moral or intellectual value; elevated in nature or style; "an exalted ideal"; "argue in terms of high-flown ideals"- Oliver Franks; "a noble and lofty concept" [syn: exalted, high-flown, high-minded, lofty, rarefied, rarified, noble-minded]
Idealistic Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Idealistic \I*de`al*is"tic\, a. Of or pertaining to idealists or their theories.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Idealistic'


Idealism is the philosophical theory which maintains that experience is ultimately based on mental activity. In the philosophy of perception, idealism is contrasted with realism, in which the external world is said to have an apparent absolute existence. Epistemological idealists (such as Kant) claim that the only things which can be directly known for certain are just ideas (abstraction). In literature, idealism refers to the thoughts or the ideas of the writer.

In the philosophy of mind, idealism is the opposite of materialism, in which the ultimate nature of reality is based on physical substances. Idealism and materialism are both theories of monism as opposed to dualism and pluralism. Idealism sometimes refers to a tradition in thought that represents things of a perfect form, as in the fields of ethics, morality, aesthetics, and value. In this way, it represents a human perfect being or circumstance.

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* Most idealistic people are skint. I have discovered that people with money have no imagination, and people with imagination have no money. - Simone Weil


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