One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Government, or a government, by the nobles or upper classes; = "aristocracy"; a state with this form of government. Now rare.
2The best or highest state or condition; optimality. rare.
Late 16th century (in an earlier sense). From post-classical Latin optimatia government by the nobles or upper classes from classical Latin optimāt-, optimās + -ia; compare -acy.
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