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  • adj. Not ideal


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  • Each year we were mildly disappointed with the condition of the grapes -- they were growing the plants for wood, not for grapes, so they were nonideal for wine.

    Meeting the Winemakers

  • The cross, she said, is the symbol of the sacrifice of the ideal to the nonideal. ...

    The Seattle Times

  • It is a way to make the best of a nonideal situation, which is that the orchestra lacks a permanent home.

    NYT > Home Page

  • Because of the subjective nature of value and the impossibility of interpersonal utility comparisons, the social-cost and social-benefit curves used to define the nonideal nature of externalities simply do not exist.

    Information Liberation

  • Other solutions adapt a classic nonideal RF transceiver architecture which compromises performance, increases complexity, and consumes significantly more power.

    Aktuellste Pressemeldungen der PresseBox

  • The model can also incorporate nonideal behavior, such as sampling jitter and operational-amplifier noise.

    Engineering Hardware-Software

  • Sending high data rates over nonideal radio channels involves complex protocol-layer processes; the mobile must correct data packets with errors and handle multiple data streams in parallel.


  • If I were a Christian, nothing could make me more indignant than that: the notion of sacrificing the ideal to the nonideal, or virtue to vice.

    The Thinklings

  • Yet, according to the Christian mythology, he died on the cross not for his own sins but for the sins of the nonideal people.

    The Thinklings

  • I do regard the cross as the symbol of the sacrifice of the ideal to the nonideal.

    The Thinklings


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