max·​i·​mal | \ ˈmak-s(ə-)məl How to pronounce maximal (audio) \

Definition of maximal

1 : being an upper limit : highest
2 : most comprehensive : complete

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Other Words from maximal

maximally adverb

Examples of maximal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Are bullpen sessions max-effort pitches or sub-maximal pitches? Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 3 June 2021 Data like these could help tailor future vaccines to immune systems that have been altered by drugs or disease, or that have simply aged out of maximal protection. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 15 Apr. 2021 Across the West today, however, the drive toward maximal market liberty has squeezed out the liberty of the Sabbath. Sohrab Ahmari, WSJ, 7 May 2021 It's considered a maximal restraint technique, Arradondo testified Monday. Steve Karnowski, Star Tribune, 6 Apr. 2021 For maximal cheese pull, order the straight-up mozzarella version., 30 Mar. 2021 The region also has several resorts that make maximal use of every inch of surface area that their island allows. Charles Graeber, Travel + Leisure, 6 Mar. 2021 The heat would help my immune system’s enzymes function at maximal capacity, just like a fever does. Sharon Ostfeld-johns Reprints, STAT, 17 Feb. 2021 So why do humans sometimes make decisions that don’t bring them maximal benefit? Gregory Barber, Wired, 12 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of maximal

1882, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of maximal was in 1882

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“Maximal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of maximal

technical : greatest or highest possible


max·​i·​mal | \ ˈmak-s(ə-)məl How to pronounce maximal (audio) \

Medical Definition of maximal

1 : most complete or effective maximal dental protection maximal vasodilation
2 : being an upper limit the maximal levels achieved with subcutaneous injections— W. S. Hoffman

Other Words from maximal

maximally \ -​ē How to pronounce maximal (audio) \ adverb

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