mini·​max ˈmi-ni-ˌmaks How to pronounce minimax (audio)
: 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

Word History


minimum + maximum

First Known Use

1917, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of minimax was in 1917

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Cite this Entry

“Minimax.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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