of or relating to or .
Contemporary Examples

At first blush, it seems like a rare self-abnegating and idealistic move by a corporate giant.
CVS Quits Tobacco to Become a Medical Giant Daniel Gross February 4, 2014

Americans have always had an idealistic streak, reflected both in the instruction in schools and in political rhetoric.
Joseph Stiglitz: The 99 Percent Wakes Up Joseph E. Stiglitz May 1, 2012

An eclectic mix of idealistic and opportunistic politicians and NGOs mobilized people against land acquisitions.
What Happened to India? David Frum June 10, 2012

As idealistic as Don is cynical, Ms. Farrell actually seems to love Don, and they develop a sweet, pseudo-domestic routine.
Every Woman Don Draper’s Hooked Up With on ‘Mad Men’ Amy Zimmerman April 12, 2014

Open relationships can be idealistic, cynical, natural, negotiated, beautiful, or abusive—just like monogamy.
Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher, Open Relationships, and Divorce Tracy Quan November 18, 2011

Historical Examples

No; he had set his foot upon the fleshpots; his idealistic nature had overcome the world.
Queed Henry Sydnor Harrison

It is this country that is dangerous, with her idealistic conception of legality.
The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad

He had not behind him, as we have, a long line of idealistic thinkers to guide him.
A Critical History of Greek Philosophy W. T. Stace

At bottom they were all alike—very practical rather than idealistic.
A Set of Six Joseph Conrad

It was tinctured with idealistic, mystic, and yet speculative and scientific colours.
History Of Egypt From 330 B.C. To The Present Time, Volume 11 (of 12) S. Rappoport


1829; see idealist + -ic.

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