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idealism

noun [U] uk   us   /aɪˈdɪə.lɪ.zəm/
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
Translations of “idealism”
in Chinese (Traditional) 理想主義, 唯心主義,唯心論,理念論…
in Russian идеализм…
in Turkish idealizm…
in Chinese (Simplified) 理想主义, 唯心主义,唯心论,理念论…
in Polish idealizm…
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