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maximal

[ mak-suh-muhl ]
/ ˈmæk sə məl /
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adjective
of or being a maximum; greatest possible; highest.
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Origin of maximal

First recorded in 1880–85; maxim(um) + -al1

OTHER WORDS FROM maximal

max·i·mal·ly, adverbpost·max·i·mal, adjectivesub·max·i·mal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for maximal

maximal
/ (ˈmæksɪməl) /

adjective
of, relating to, or achieving a maximum; being the greatest or best possible
maths (of a member of an ordered set) being preceded, in order, by all other members of the set

Derived forms of maximal

maximally, adverb
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Medical definitions for maximal

maximal
[ măksə-məl ]

adj.
Of, relating to, or consisting of a maximum.
Being the greatest or highest possible.
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