maximum

noun
max·​i·​mum | \ ˈmak-s(ə-)məm \
plural maxima\ -​sə-​mə \ or maximums\ -​s(ə-​)məmz \

Definition of maximum 

1a : 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

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Other Words from maximum

maximum adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for maximum

Synonyms

max, most, outside

Antonyms

least, minimum

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Commercial drones generally are restricted to a maximum of 55 pounds, and are allowed to fly only below 400 feet and within sight of an operator on the ground. Andy Pasztor, WSJ, "FAA Launches Test Program to Speed Up Drone Identification Rules," 30 Dec. 2018 Where Skylake has two reservation stations dispatching instructions across eight ports with a maximum of four instructions dispatched per cycle, Sunny Cove has four reservation stations, ten ports, and up to five instructions per cycle. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Intel unveils a new architecture for 2019: Sunny Cove," 12 Dec. 2018 In June 2017, Florida authorities attempted to send a child abduction Amber Alert to 54 counties but didn’t know their software only allowed dissemination to a maximum of 31 locations at a time. Audrey Mcavoy, The Seattle Times, "Hawaii’s false missile alert leads to new recommendations," 26 Nov. 2018 The policy included an award limit for assault and battery claims to $25,000 per incident with a maximum of $50,000 liability. Marco Santana, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Murder case that saw Aramis Ayala, Rick Scott clash central to insurance suit," 6 July 2018 The city can raise the marijuana sales tax by 2 percent every two years, up to a maximum of 12 percent. Laurel Andrews, Anchorage Daily News, "Marijuana tax increase fails at Anchorage assembly," 29 June 2018 In an environmental impact statement published in July, the NHTSA predicts nearly twice as much warming as the maximum allowed by the Paris Agreement: about 7 degrees Fahrenheit, or nearly 4 degrees Celsius. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "The Trump Administration Forecasts 7 Degrees Fahrenheit of Global Warming by 2100," 28 Sep. 2018 The charge is a felony that is punishable by a statutory maximum of up to five years in prison, and potential financial penalties. Brooke Singman, Fox News, "Lobbyist tied to Manafort associate charged with failing to register as foreign agent," 31 Aug. 2018 Consider: Longmeyer and his wife each donated the maximum, $2,000. Tom Loftus, The Courier-Journal, "Andy Beshear's 'tainted' donations may be more than what's in his fund," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of maximum

1663, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for maximum

Latin, neuter of maximus biggest — more at maxim

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maximum

noun

English Language Learners Definition of maximum

: the highest number or amount that is possible or allowed

maximum

noun
max·​i·​mum | \ ˈmak-sə-məm \
plural maxima\ -​sə-​mə \ or maximums

Kids Definition of maximum

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

maximum

adjective

Kids Definition of maximum (Entry 2 of 3)

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

maximum

adverb

Kids Definition of maximum (Entry 3 of 3)

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

maximum

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

Medical Definition of maximum 

1a : 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)

Other Words from maximum

maximum adjective

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