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minimax

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noun mini·max \ˈmi-ni-ˌmaks\

Definition of minimax

  1. :  the minimum of a set of maxima; especially :  the smallest of a set of maximum possible losses each of which occurs in the most unfavorable outcome of a strategy followed by a participant in a situation governed by game theory — compare maximin



Origin and Etymology of minimax

minimum + maximum


First Known Use: 1917


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