- Most conducive to a favourable outcome; best: the optimum childbearing ageMore example sentences
- All his businesses are run to deliver optimum value and performance to shareholder and customers.
- There is a body of evidence that only custom fitted suits give optimum performance.
- The state's role is to gently guide the actions of each individual, so that the optimum outcome for all is reached and sustained.
noun (plural optima /-mə/ or optimums)Back to top
- The most favourable situation or level for growth, reproduction, or success: the plant grows within a range of 68 and 78°F, the optimum being 74° the optimum must lie between these two valuesMore example sentences
- For some, but not all, of these thermally sensitive traits acclimatization leads to adaptive shifts in thermal optima and limits.
- If the absolute value of a genetic correlation is less than 1, selection will eventually bring trait means to their respective individual optima, although it may require an extremely long time.
- As Raup observed, these peaks need not be adaptive optima for each individual trait but rather may be best interpreted as compromise solutions that satisfy several functional constraints.
late 19th century: from Latin, neuter (used as a noun) of optimus 'best'.