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  1. a strategy of game theory employed to maximize a player's minimum possible gain.
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Origin of maximin

First recorded in 1950–55; maxi(mum) + min(imum)
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  1. maths the highest of a set of minimum values
  2. (in game theory, etc) the procedure of choosing the strategy that most benefits the least advantaged member of a groupCompare minimax
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Word Origin

C20: from maxi (mum) + min (imum)
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