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What is the opposite of ideal?

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Adjective
Opposite of being the most suitable
“The novel is designed for adolescent children but is unsuitable for kids in the younger age bracket.”
Adjective
Opposite of of, involving, or existing only as a fanciful idea
“I am constantly advised by my parents to have realistic expectations of my salary in the first year of employment.”
Adjective
Opposite of representing an abstract or hypothetical optimum
“A post on social media has shared the actual image of the new console ahead of its impending release.”
Adjective
Opposite of free from flaws, defects or errors
Adjective
Opposite of serving as the ideal model or example for something
Adjective
Opposite of extraordinarily, exceptionally or wonderfully rare
Adjective
Opposite of exceptional or superior beyond the ordinary
Adjective
Opposite of preferred to all others of the same kind
Adjective
Opposite of specially chosen as the best or most desirable
Adjective
Opposite of the ideal representative of something
“She remained single as she was worried about finding a man antithetic to everything she was looking for.”
Adjective
Opposite of bearing good value, worth or reliability
“I will tell you in good faith, Sir, that this is a worthless investment, and your money is better spent elsewhere.”
Adjective
Opposite of existing only in the realms of one's imagination
Adjective
Opposite of free from defect or error
“Instead, it is giving a flawed, dangerous process the stamp of approval.”
Adjective
Opposite of best or most appropriate for a particular situation
“Even though she found his tattoos undesirable for a man of his stature, she was still attracted to him.”
Adjective
Opposite of being the best or most extreme example of its kind
“They would often accuse me of being closed-minded, which was about the worst insult anyone could have thrown at me.”
Adjective
Opposite of modeled on, or aiming for, a state in which everything is perfect
Adjective
Opposite of belonging or relating exclusively or distinctively to
“This principle is general to human behavior, though there will always be exceptions.”
Adjective
Opposite of treated or regarded with partiality
“When they could not procure the mahi-mahi, Johnny reluctantly accepted the mackerel, his unpreferred choice.”
Adjective
Opposite of of a noble, elevated, or lofty nature
Adjective
Opposite of judged over a period of time to be of the highest quality and outstanding of its kind
Poor restoration work has taken away from the beauty of the dome.”
Adjective
Opposite of very typical of a certain kind of person or thing
Noun
Opposite of a model by which others are compared and aspire to
“They were also quick to slam the high-spending pop star whom they considered to be a bad example for youngsters.”
Noun
Opposite of a person or thing that is a perfect example of a particular quality or type
“It would be fair to consider infrastructure the antithesis of nature.”
Noun
Opposite of an aim or end result that one hopes to achieve
“It is not strange that the purposelessness of the commander should result in half-hearted work by the subordinates.”
Noun
Opposite of a person or thing viewed as a model of excellence
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Opposite of a person or thing regarded as precious or special
Noun
Opposite of a person or thing that is a perfect example of a particular quality or type
Noun
Opposite of a standard by which something is evaluated or measured
Noun
Opposite of an original model, typically serving as a template for others
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Opposite of an unrivaled or matchless person or thing
Noun
Opposite of something or someone that is considered special, valuable or rare
Noun
Opposite of moral principles that govern the conduct of a person or organization
Noun
Opposite of the apex or pinnacle of something
Noun
Opposite of something or someone that serves as a pattern of behavior to be imitated
“As a franchise consultant, he was a great advocate of the proven systems and processes established by McDonald's.”
Noun
Opposite of a high standard by which others are measured
Noun
Opposite of the best or most ideal of its kind
Noun
Opposite of an arrangement or design serving as a model for comparable objects
“The KF5 is an excellent tank, but some felt that the airflow was a massive deviation from past models.”
Noun
Opposite of a world in which everything and everyone works in perfect harmony
Noun
Opposite of something that is wished for, or considered desirable
Noun
Opposite of a hope or ambition of achieving something
Noun
Opposite of a woman or thing regarded as the finest or most outstanding in a particular sphere or group
“Roger, widely regarded as the king of tennis, has said playing in front of important people like Prince William was extremely special and a great pleasure.”
Noun
Opposite of something that exhibits exceptional quality, something worth being shown
Noun
Opposite of intention or purpose
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