One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A quantity or thing which is to be maximized.
- ‘Locke's authority was Natural Law, or God's non-revealed truth, and his maximand was individual rights.’
- ‘At the other extreme, hardly any weight is given to maximizing well-being as it competes with priority, and the prioritarian doctrine is then barely distinguishable from the maximin principle with well-being as the maximand.’
- ‘There is some evidence that honey bees may not always maximize net gain but a different currency, net energetic efficiency, the maximand in model II.’
- ‘It might be less committed to a consumption per head maximand, but in greenhouse matters the low population implication is the same, if the analysis is accepted.’
1950s: from maximize + -and.
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