[mak-suh-muh l]

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of maximally

  • What's important for religious conservatives is to accomodate this change while maximally protecting religious freedom.

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British Dictionary definitions for maximally


  1. of, relating to, or achieving a maximum; being the greatest or best possible
  2. 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 maximally



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

maximally in Medicine


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