Definition of maximum adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

    

maximum

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BrE BrE//ˈmæksɪməm//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmæksɪməm//
 
 
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 [only before noun] (abbreviation max) as large, fast, etc. as is possible, or the most that is possible or allowed the maximum speed/temperature/volume For maximum effect do the exercises every day. Turn it right up to the maximum volume. a maximum security prison The offence carries a maximum prison sentence of ten years. compare minimum Word Origin mid 17th cent. (as a noun): from modern Latin, neuter (used as a noun) of the Latin adjective maximus, superlative of magnus ‘great’. The adjectival use dates from the early 19th cent.
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