maximal

[ mak-suh-muh l ]
/ ˈmæk sə məl /

adjective

of or being a maximum; greatest possible; highest.

Nearby words

  1. maxillomandibular,
  2. maxillotomy,
  3. maxim,
  4. maxim gun,
  5. maxima,
  6. maximal dose,
  7. maximal ideal,
  8. maximal permissible dose,
  9. maximalist,
  10. maximilian

Origin of maximal

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

Related formsmax·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 Formsmaximally, adverb

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Word Origin and History for maximal

maximal

adj.

1872, from Latin maximus (see maximum (n.)) + -al (1). Related: Maximally.

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Medicine 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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