Definition of maximal in US English:

maximal

adjective

  • Of or constituting a maximum; the highest or greatest possible.

    ‘the maximal speed’
    • ‘The athlete can sense a loss in muscular strength, coordination, and maximal working capacity.’
    • ‘One such deviation occurred when a child could not reproducibly produce maximal peak flows.’
    • ‘In the first place, it may be wondered why we should need to include both maximal possible states of affairs and propositions in our ontology.’
    • ‘The struggle for social peace is thus a struggle for the conditions of maximal living diversity.’
    • ‘Noninvasive therapy included maximal medical therapy as indicated for each patient.’
    • ‘It is possible that two events limit the pig's maximal growth from birth to 60 days of age.’
    • ‘You may be in need of a maximal treadmill stress test, which will reveal any reduced flow in the arteries.’
    • ‘The intensity changes generally reach their maximal values near charge neutrality.’
    • ‘We allowed additional pain outside the maximal pain site if pain intensity was low and distinguishable from the central pain.’
    • ‘The maximal increase in girth of an extremity usually occurs during the first year.’
    • ‘Despite heart problems most of her life, she always gave a maximal effort.’
    • ‘Do we opt for choices that will give us maximal comfort or do we make choices that will give our lives the most meaning?’
    • ‘Two weeks at maximal dose is needed before one decides that a particular drug is a therapeutic failure.’
    • ‘These withdrawal symptoms begin within hours of the last cigarette and are at maximal intensity for the first week.’
    • ‘The aorta is relatively fixed at these two points but is mobile on each side so the heart beat stress is maximal there.’
    • ‘Then the cardiac failure worsened despite maximal treatment.’
    • ‘In conclusion, maximal plantar flexion was reached in only a minority of the kicking actions.’
    • ‘Injection assures maximal drug delivery and penetration into the ulcer region.’
    • ‘These bombs are especially designed to cause the maximal injuries to everyone involved.’
    • ‘Preservation of maximal expiratory pressure is critical for the expulsive phase of labor.’
    utmost, uttermost, very great, greatest, greatest possible, maximum, highest, ultimate, supreme, paramount, great, acute, major, intense, enormous, severe, high, superlative, exceptional, extraordinary
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Pronunciation

maximal

/ˈmaksəməl//ˈmæksəməl/