Definitions for "Ideal type"
Simple generalization that accepts complexity and its own imperfection. Max Weber
Ideal type, also known as pure type, or Idealtyp (in the original German), is a typological term invented by sociologist Max Weber (1864-1920).
An abstract model that describes the recurring characteristics of some phenomenon.
a model, a conceptual pattern that enables us to understand the details of historical reality
a model constructed by the social scientist or researcher