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maximum

noun max·i·mum \ˈmak-s(ə-)məm\

: the highest number or amount that is possible or allowed

plural max·i·ma \-sə-mə\ or maximums \-s(ə-)məmz\

Full Definition of MAXIMUM

1
a :  the greatest quantity or value attainable or attained
b :  the period of highest, greatest, or utmost development
2
:  an upper limit allowed (as by a legal authority) or allowable (as by the circumstances of a particular case)
3
:  the largest of a set of numbers; specifically :  the largest value assumed by a real-valued continuous function defined on a closed interval
maximum adjective
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Origin of MAXIMUM

Latin, neuter of maximus biggest — more at maxim
First Known Use: 1740

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MAXIMA Defined for Kids

1maximum

noun max·i·mum \ˈmak-sə-məm\
plural max·i·ma \-sə-mə\ or maximums

Definition of MAXIMUM for Kids

:  the highest value :  greatest amount <We had to pay the maximum.>

2maximum

adjective

Definition of MAXIMUM for Kids

:  as great as possible in amount or degree <We work with maximum efficiency.>

3maximum

adverb

Definition of MAXIMUM for Kids

:  at the most <… it will only take her two minutes—maximum—to get home. — Betsy Byars, The Computer Nut>
Medical Dictionary

maximum

noun max·i·mum \ˈmak-s(ə-)məm\
plural max·i·ma \-sə-mə\ or maximums

Medical Definition of MAXIMUM

1
a :  the greatest quantity or value attainable or attained b :  the period of highest, greatest, or utmost development
2
:  an upper limit allowed (as by a legal authority) or allowable (as by the circumstances of a particular case)
maximum adjective

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