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minimax

[ min-uh-maks ]
/ ˈmɪn əˌmæks /
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noun

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)

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH minimax

minimax , min-max
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British Dictionary definitions for minimax

minimax
/ (ˈmɪnɪˌmæks) /

noun

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

Word Origin for minimax

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