optimal

[ op-tuh-muh l ]
/ ˈɒp tə məl /

adjective


Nearby words

  1. optico-,
  2. opticociliary,
  3. opticokinetic nystagmus,
  4. opticopupillary,
  5. optics,
  6. optime,
  7. optimism,
  8. optimist,
  9. optimistic,
  10. optimization

Origin of optimal

First recorded in 1885–90; optim(um) + -al1

Related formsop·ti·mal·ly, adverbsu·per·op·ti·mal, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for optimal

optimal

/ (ˈɒptɪməl) /

adjective

another word for optimum (def. 2)
Derived Formsoptimality, nounoptimally, adverb

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Word Origin and History for optimal

optimal

adj.

"most favorable," 1890, from Latin optimus (see optimum). Originally a word in biology. Related: Optimally.

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