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

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Every union between stars has its tradeoffs, but none has ever brought together two players this maximal—for whom their fundamental value has been expressed by dominating every phase of the offense as much as possible—and asked them to share. Rob Mahoney,, "Why the Pairing of Russell Westbrook and James Harden Won’t Be a Simple Fit," 12 July 2019 This rep range involves aspects of both maximal strength and endurance, and research shows that it is also associated with fat loss. K. Aleisha Fetters, Outside Online, "The Beginner's Guide to Weight Lifting," 19 June 2019 Lift three to six sets of eight to twelve reps using the maximal weight possible, and rest for 30 to 90 seconds between sets. K. Aleisha Fetters, Outside Online, "The Beginner's Guide to Weight Lifting," 19 June 2019 Both MacDonald’s and Vishwanath’s models predict multiple magic angles where tunneling becomes maximal. Quanta Magazine, "What’s the Magic Behind Graphene’s ‘Magic’ Angle?," 28 May 2019 Don't worry, we're not finished with the maximal statements associated with this car. Alexander Stoklosa, Car and Driver, "The 986-HP Ferrari SF90 Stradale Plug-In Hybrid Yanks Maranello Back Into Hypercar Race," 29 May 2019 The result: An eclectic range of beauty looks that ran the gamut from ultra minimal to freakishly maximal, depending on the marching orders. Monica Kim, Vogue, "The 8 Beauty Takeaways of Paris Fashion Week," 6 Mar. 2019 But there’s a tension between families who want to secure maximal due process and those who simply want to be free with their children again — even if that means deportation. Dara Lind, Vox, "Judge blocks Trump from deporting reunited families," 17 Aug. 2018 All Out Nuclear With economic conditions souring at home and Mr. Rouhani’s government under attack from hard-liners, there have been growing calls within Iran for a maximal response to a U.S. withdrawal. Laurence Norman, WSJ, "Five Options for Iran After Trump’s Withdrawal From Nuclear Pact," 9 May 2018

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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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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 maximally (audio) \ adverb

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