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

 

optimal

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adjective
BrE BrE//ˈɒptɪməl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɑːptɪməl//
 
 
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= optimum The optimal economic position for households is represented by point B on the chart. The optimal temperature for the development of larvae is in the range 18–26˚C. compare suboptimal Word Origin late 19th cent.: from Latin optimus ‘best’ + -al.
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