optimal

adjective op·ti·mal \ ˈäp-tə-məl \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of optimal

:most desirable or satisfactory :optimum
  • the optimal use of class time
  • the optimal dosage of medication for a patient
  • conditions for optimal development

optimality

play \ˌäp-tə-ˈma-lə-tē\ noun

optimally

play \ˈäp-tə-mə-lē\ adverb

Examples of optimal in a Sentence

  1. He keeps his engine tuned for optimal performance.

  2. Under optimal conditions, these plants grow quite tall.

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Origin and Etymology of optimal


OPTIMAL Defined for English Language Learners

optimal

adjective

Definition of optimal for English Language Learners

  • : best or most effective


Medical Dictionary

optimal

adjective op·ti·mal \ ˈäp-tə-məl \

medical Definition of optimal

:most desirable or satisfactory :optimum
  • optimal concentrations of a drug

optimality

play \ˌäp-tə-ˈmal-ət-ē\ noun plural -ties

optimally

play \-mə-lē\ adverb

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