minimax

[min-uh-maks]

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. minimalize,
  2. minimally,
  3. minimally invasive,
  4. minimarket,
  5. minimart,
  6. minimill,
  7. minimise,
  8. minimization,
  9. minimize,
  10. minimoon

Compare maximin.

Origin of minimax

First recorded in 1940–45; mini(mum) + max(imum)

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British Dictionary definitions for minimax

minimax

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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