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at best

Definition of at best

  1. —used to refer to a result, condition, etc., that is the best one possible even though it is not very good <The company won't make a profit this year. At best, they'll break even.> <The work won't be finished for another three months at best.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. : superlative of good

    :  excelling all others

    :  most productive of good :  offering or producing the greatest advantage, utility, or satisfaction

  1. : superlative of well

    :  in the best way :  to greatest advantage

    :  most

  1. :  the best state or part

    :  one that is best

    :  the greatest degree of good or excellence

  1. :  to get the better of :  outdo

  1. :  had best

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to proceed clumsily or ineffectually

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