[op-tuh-muh l]


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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Contemporary Examples of optimally

  • Optimally, some of the bad guys can be turned into police informers or spies.

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    France Arrests the Usual Islamist Suspects

    Christopher Dickey

    April 4, 2012

  • So optimally the partner should be managing someone else's money—a so-called fiduciary institution, preferably a big pension fund.

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    Goldman's Shell Game

    Roger Martin

    April 18, 2010

Historical Examples of optimally

British Dictionary definitions for optimally



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



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

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