Definition of optimal in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈäptəməl/


Best or most favorable; optimum: seeking the optimal solution
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  • The optimal solution in my eyes is to have smoking banned in public places except for designated smoking areas.
  • What are the optimal temperature and light conditions for the germination of these seeds?
  • Nominating either more or fewer candidates than the optimal number costs a party seats.



Pronunciation: /ˌäptəˈmalitē/
Example sentences
  • Although animals may appear to display optimal behavior, experiments have shown that optimality is rarely achieved.
  • A doctor undoes illness and injuries to restore optimality.
  • In a biotic environment, current reproduction will affect future population sizes, but these future changes may also affect the optimality of current reproductive decisions.


Late 19th century: from Latin optimus 'best' + -al.

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Syllabification: op·ti·mal

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