a person who favors a radical and immediate approach to the achievement of a set of goals or the completion of a program.

< Russian maksimalíst, coinage orig. applied in 1906 to an extreme splinter group of the Russian Socialist-Revolutionary party; see maximal, -ist Unabridged
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maximalist (ˈmæksɪməlɪst)
a person who favours direct action to achieve all his goals and rejects compromise

Maximalist (ˈmæksɪməlɪst)
1.  a member of the radical faction of Social Revolutionaries that supported terrorism against the tsarist regime and advocated a short period of postrevolutionary working-class dictatorship
2.  a less common name for a Bolshevik
[C20: from French, a translation of Russian; see Bolshevik]

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Overall these results make me more cautious of maximalist clean models of simple replacements.
They are all staking maximalist positions for the start of negotiations.
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