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



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Origin of maximal

First recorded in 1880–85; maxim(um) + -al1
max·i·mal·ly, adverbpost·max·i·mal, adjectivesub·max·i·mal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for maximal

/ (ˈmæksɪməl) /


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
maximally, adverb
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Medical definitions for maximal

[ măksə-məl ]


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