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[mak-suh-muh l] /ˈmæk sə məl/
of or being a maximum; greatest possible; highest.
Origin of maximal
1880-85; maxim(um) + -al1
Related forms
maximally, adverb
postmaximal, adjective
submaximal, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for maximal
  • It emphasizes maximal conservation of resources and government regulation to the near exclusion of other approaches.
  • Only when someone has a serious investment in resources and time does the incentive arise for working to maximal capacity.
  • We'll also be able to determine the maximal level of caloric restriction.
  • Singer selects research projects that can be exploited for maximal emotional impact and portrays them as the norm.
  • So far the maximal capacity of human longevity has been restricted by limited diet and lifetime health insults.
  • Crystals exhibit order, but it is not hierarchical, and does not give the crystal a maximal chance of survival and reproduction.
  • The resilience of the two main communities obliges each to recognise the impracticality of its maximal demands.
  • They want a minimal state that provides all the protections of a maximal state.
  • In equilibrium there is maximal disorder, because every atom moves randomly, with the same average energy as any other atom.
  • Starvation would be expected to enhance insulin sensitivity in an effort to use any available glucose with maximal efficiency.
British Dictionary definitions for maximal


of, relating to, or achieving a maximum; being the greatest or best possible
(maths) (of a member of an ordered set) being preceded, in order, by all other members of the set
Derived Forms
maximally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for maximal

1872, from Latin maximus (see maximum (n.)) + -al (1). Related: Maximally.

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maximal in Medicine

maximal max·i·mal (māk'sə-məl)

  1. Of, relating to, or consisting of a maximum.

  2. Being the greatest or highest possible.

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