If you describe someone as idealistic, you mean that they have ideals, and base their behaviour on these ideals, even though this may be impractical.

Idealistic young people died for a future that was stolen from them as soon as it became possible...

Older mothers tend to be too idealistic about the pleasures of motherhood.

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  • idealistic — IDEALÍSTIC, Ă, idealistici, ce, adj. (Rar) 1. (fil.) Propriu doctrinei idealiste. 2. Care aspiră spre un ideal; p. ext. lipsit de simţul realităţii, de spirit practic. [pr.: de a ] – Idealist + suf. ic. Trimis de gall, 02.06.2008. Sursa: DEX 98  …   Dicționar Român

  • Idealistic — I*de al*is tic, a. Of or pertaining to idealists or their theories. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • idealistic — index ethical, meritorious, moral, quixotic Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • idealistic — (adj.) 1829; see IDEALIST (Cf. idealist) + IC (Cf. ic) …   Etymology dictionary

  • idealistic — [adj] visionary abstracted, chimerical, dreaming, idealized, impractical, optimistic, quixotic, radical, romantic, starry eyed, unrealistic, utopian; concepts 529,560,582 …   New thesaurus

  • idealistic — [ī΄dē ə lis′tik, ī dē΄əlis′tik] adj. 1. of or characteristic of an idealist 2. of, characterized by, or based on idealism idealistically adv …   English World dictionary

  • idealistic — i|deal|is|tic [aıˌdıəˈlıstık] adj believing that you should live according to high standards and principles, even if they cannot really be achieved, or showing this belief →↑realistic ▪ idealistic young doctors ▪ the idealistic values of the… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • idealistic — adj. idealistic about * * * [ˌaɪdɪə lɪstɪk] idealisticabout …   Combinatory dictionary

  • idealistic — i|de|al|is|tic [ aı,diə lıstık ] adjective believing very firmly in something which is good but probably impossible to achieve: We were young and idealistic …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • idealistic — adjective believing in principles or perfect standards that cannot really be achieved: We were young and idealistic and anything seemed possible. idealistically / kli/ adverb …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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