- 1As great, high, or intense as possible or permitted: the vehicle’s maximum speed a maximum penalty of ten years' imprisonmentMore example sentences
- And this maximum possible speed is the velocity of light.
- Although the light beam is traveling toward us at the maximum speed possible, it cannot keep up with the stretching of space.
- Under this plan, the average longevity of a genus is halfway between the minimum and the maximum possible.
noun (plural maxima /-mə/ or maximums)Back to top
- 1The greatest or highest amount possible or attained: the school takes a maximum of 32 students production levels are near their maximumMore example sentences
- In the meantime we will all be carrying on our activities to the maximum possible within the law.
- It can boost our body's temperature to the maximum to coincide with the demands of the day.
- Whilst farmers now produce to the maximum - 18m tons - the EU consumes 12.5m tons a year.
- 1.1A maximum permitted prison sentence for an offense: an offense that carries a maximum of 14 yearsMore example sentences
- These offences will carry a maximum of 10 years of imprisonment and/or a $50,000 fine.
- A trial will now take place at Swindon Magistrates' Court, where they have the power to sentence people to a maximum of 12 months imprisonment.
- Anyone (even a member of the family) that hampers an autopsy should face a sentence of a maximum of nine months in prison.
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- At the most: it has a length of 4 feet maximumMore example sentences
- We'll be there for maybe four, five weeks maximum, and we've had to spend nearly probably seven weeks all up getting there and getting back again on the ship.
- They said the whole assessment process was supposed to take nine months maximum and people were left waiting years by the social workers.
- Since then only a few scientists, scholars or art historians per day were allowed in for several hours maximum.
mid 17th century (as a noun): from modern Latin, neuter (used as a noun) of the Latin adjective maximus, superlative of magnus 'great'. The adjective use dates from the early 19th century.