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  1. a strategy of game theory employed to minimize a player's maximum possible loss.
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Origin of minimax

First recorded in 1940–45; mini(mum) + max(imum)
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British Dictionary definitions for minimax


  1. maths the lowest of a set of maximum values
  2. (in game theory, etc) the procedure of choosing the strategy that least benefits the most advantaged member of a groupCompare maximin
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Word Origin

C20: from mini (mum) + max (imum)
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