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idealism

noun [U] uk   /aɪˈdɪə.lɪ.zəm/ us  
the belief that your ideals can be achieved, often when this does not seem likely to others: She never lost her youthful idealism and campaigned for just causes all her life.
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specialized social sciences the belief in philosophy that objects in the world are ideas that only exist in the mind of God or people who see them
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