- the best or most favorable point, degree, amount, etc., as of temperature, light, and moisture for the growth or reproduction of an organism.
- the greatest degree or best result obtained or obtainable under specific conditions.
- most favorable or desirable; best: optimum conditions.
Origin of optimum
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Examples from the Web for optima
There is an optima distance for the realisation of this effluvium.Metapsychical Phenomena
"These at least are not visits in optima forma," thought Constance to herself.Small Souls
There is still another great danger which one may beware of, optima fide,—the danger of knowing something untrue.Criminal Psychology
First, if mans beatitude is action, it ought to be the mans best (optima) action.The Mediaeval Mind (Volume II of II)
Henry Osborn Taylor
Optima et infallibilis ad gratiam prparatio et unice dispositio, est terna Dei electio et prdestinatio.History of the Reformation in the Sixteenth Century (Volume 1)
J. H. Merle D'Aubign
- a condition, degree, amount or compromise that produces the best possible result
- most favourable or advantageous; bestoptimum conditions
Word Origin and History for optima
1879, from Latin optimum, neuter singular of optimus "best" (used as a superlative of bonus "good"), probably related to ops "power, resources" (in which case the evolution is from "richest" to "the most esteemed," thus from PIE root *op- "to work") or to ob "in front of," with superlative suffix *-tumos. Originally in biology, in reference to "conditions most favorable" (for growth, etc.). As an adjective from 1885.