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Definition of "optimal" []

  • Most favorable or desirable; optimum. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "optimal" in a sentence
  • "This poses serious problems for the claim of engineers that their designs are optimal solutions, since Arrow's theorem implies that in a multi-criteria problem the notion of ˜optimal™ cannot be rigorously defined."
  • "One suspects that the term optimal came into widespread use among economists as a marketing device to promote their normative propositions based on efficiency."
  • "In order to achieve what I call "optimal stress," you must realize that stress is a process, not an event."