maximum

noun max·i·mum \ ˈmak-s(ə-)məm \
Updated on: 1 Dec 2017

Definition of maximum

plural maxima play \-sə-mə\ or maximums play \-s(ə-)məmz\
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 and Etymology of maximum

Latin, neuter of maximus biggest — more at maxim

maximum Synonyms

Synonyms
max, most, outside
Antonyms
least, minimum
Related Words
best, ultimate, utmost; extreme

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MAXIMUM Defined for English Language Learners

maximum

noun

Definition of maximum for English Language Learners

  • : the highest number or amount that is possible or allowed


MAXIMUM Defined for Kids

1

maximum

noun max·i·mum \ ˈmak-sə-məm \

Definition of maximum for Students

plural maxima \-sə-mə\ or maximums
: the highest value : greatest amount
  • We had to pay the maximum.

2

maximum

adjective

Definition of maximum for Students

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

3

maximum

adverb

Definition of maximum for Students

: 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 \

medical Definition of maximum

plural maxima play \-sə-mə\ or maximums
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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