noun, plural op·ti·ma [op-tuh-muh] /ˈɒp tə mə/, op·ti·mums.
- optimum dose,
- optimum population,
- option money,
Origin of optimum
Examples from the Web for optima
There is an optima distance for the realisation of this effluvium.Metapsychical Phenomena|J. Maxwell
La Illma Madama Lucrezia porta tutte le bolle piene et in optima forma.Lucretia Borgia|Ferdinand Gregorovius
In reality, the best course is suggested by a famous maxim: "Optima medicina est medicina non uti."Our Stage and Its Critics|"E.F.S." of "The Westminster Gazette"
There is still another great danger which one may beware of, optima fide,—the danger of knowing something untrue.Criminal Psychology|Hans Gross
First, if mans beatitude is action, it ought to be the mans best (optima) action.The Mediaeval Mind (Volume II of II)|Henry Osborn Taylor
noun plural -ma (-mə) or -mums
Word Origin for optimum
1879, from Latin optimum, neuter singular of optimus "best" (used as a superlative of bonus "good"), probably related to ops "power, resources" (in which case the evolution is from "richest" to "the most esteemed," thus from PIE root *op- "to work") or to ob "in front of," with superlative suffix *-tumos. Originally in biology, in reference to "conditions most favorable" (for growth, etc.). As an adjective from 1885.