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optimal

[op-tuh-muh l]
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adjective
  1. optimum(def 3).
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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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optimal

adjective
  1. another word for optimum (def. 2)
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Derived Formsoptimality, nounoptimally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for optimally

optimal

adj.

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

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