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[op-tuh-muh l] /ˈɒp tə məl/
optimum (def 3).
Origin of optimal
1885-90; optim(um) + -al1
Related forms
optimally, adverb
superoptimal, adjective Unabridged
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  • Here, scientifically backed tips to help you perform optimally in four temperature zones.
  • Focusing disrupts judgmental self-consciousness and allows you to be optimally productive.
  • They do not understand that my job requires a master's degree and optimally, some other post-graduate work.
  • Imagine if all the objects in the world had all the information that they needed to function optimally.
  • In today's world any individual or nation can only succeed if the whole system is healthy and functions optimally.
  • They functioned better in one or more areas of life but still far from optimally.
  • If the antenna discussed in this article is able to optimally receive many frequencies, it could be a big thing.
  • By their powers combined, these seven attributes make a toad optimally poised to expand its range.
  • Any sort of outreach is probably optimally aimed at these people.
  • They were optimally designed to those criteria, so did not have performance margin.
British Dictionary definitions for optimally


another word for optimum (sense 2)
Derived Forms
optimality, noun
optimally, 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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