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optimal

[op-tuh-muhl]
adjective
optimum ( def 3 ).

Origin:
1885–90; optim(um) + -al1

optimally, adverb
superoptimal, adjective
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optimal (ˈɒptɪməl)
 
adj
another word for optimum
 
opti'mality
 
n
 
'optimally
 
adv

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optimal
"most favorable," 1890, from L. optimus (see optimum). Originally a word in biology.
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