Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Not ideal.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Not ideal; real; unimaginative.
  • adj. Unideaed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not ideal; unimaginative; realistic; material; coarse.
  • Having no ideas; destitute of ideas, thoughts, or mental action.

Etymologies

un- +‎ ideal (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The object is unideal, that is, the novel, external element is inharmonious with the revived and internal element by suggesting which the object has been apperceived.

    The Sense of Beauty Being the Outlines of Aesthetic Theory

  • Our criticism has never opened its arms wide enough to embrace all imaginative literature as poetry, and in the English sense nothing in the world's drama is denser or more unqualified prose than The Enemy of the People, without a tinge of romance or rhetoric, as "unideal" as a blue-book.

    Henrik Ibsen

  • Our criticism has never opened its arms wide enough to embrace all imaginative literature as poetry, and in the English sense nothing in the world's drama is denser or more unqualified prose than _The Enemy of the People_, without a tinge of romance or rhetoric, as "unideal" as a blue-book.

    Henrik Ibsen

  • We're friends, though she's aware I'm 'unideal' as a student her choice words echo briefly.

    Carolina Grüber: II

  • Monday continues with unideal air quality and hot, hazy, humid conditions.

    Forecast: Who knew 90 would feel nice?

  • Large quantities of books are often kept in the most unideal weather conditions and only the fully prepared bookseller gets the worms.

    Archive 2008-12-01

  • But what I would like to see more of from the right is, a recognition that there is indeed a *balance* here, which means one cannot automatically dismiss proposals as “too socialist” or “too much regulation” etc. — one must argue proposals based on their specific merits and flaws, in the context of the unideal, complicated society in which we live.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Ayn Rand’s Contributions

  • Mike: But what I would like to see more of from the right is, a recognition that there is indeed a *balance* here, which means one cannot automatically dismiss proposals as “too socialist” or “too much regulation” etc. — one must argue proposals based on their specific merits and flaws, in the context of the unideal, complicated society in which welive.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Ayn Rand’s Contributions

  • Well, here we are today as very unideal members of that same ideal society; but because we are just that, Christ happens here.

    Sermon for the Life and Work of the Revd Prof CFD Moule

  • The point of the Zoo scene is to show that for wild animals, the Zoo is not only the most unideal place for them to spend their lives, but it also should not be the ONLY PLACE LEFT in the world where these animals can survive.

    Think Progress » Cavuto: America’s #1 Movie, Happy Feet, Is ‘Offensive,’ ‘An Animated Inconvenient Truth’

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