Definition of optimal in English:



  • Best or most favorable; optimum.

    ‘seeking the optimal solution’
    • ‘These rules do not always give optimal outcomes, although they usually give good ones.’
    • ‘I just need to fiddle around with it to get it in the optimal listening order.’
    • ‘The modern-day emphasis is as much on avoiding illness as on enjoying optimal health.’
    • ‘Oral odours are best treated through meticulous oral hygiene and optimal dental care.’
    • ‘All of these together create an optimal smile and are part of the complete look.’
    • ‘Extraction solutions were then diluted to the optimal range for the ion concentration measurement.’
    • ‘Nominating either more or fewer candidates than the optimal number costs a party seats.’
    • ‘Plant two or more rows of the same variety side by side to ensure optimal pollination.’
    • ‘The results indicated that the procedural modification was not optimal for the purpose.’
    • ‘What are the optimal temperature and light conditions for the germination of these seeds?’
    • ‘A good short story is a fictional vision which, in its optimal form, happens to have a short page count.’
    • ‘If an infant's condition is not as grave as was thought, he will live, and he can then be given optimal care if he has any handicaps.’
    • ‘The shading requirements also seem to be less than optimal to keep the summer sun off walls.’
    • ‘The key is determining the optimal time to move from an internal to an external audit.’
    • ‘The optimal solution in my eyes is to have smoking banned in public places except for designated smoking areas.’
    • ‘Instead, eat food first, then drink afterwards for optimal health and digestive tract function.’
    • ‘The optimal time for both starting and stopping treatment is unknown.’
    • ‘This level of iron store is about twice as much as the optimal iron store for normal adults.’
    • ‘Each filler is injected in a different way but, in most cases, two or more syringes will be needed for optimal results.’
    • ‘Isn't optimal application of the laws of the game the ideal that we should strive for?’
    finest, greatest, top, foremost, leading, pre-eminent, premier, prime, first, chief, principal, supreme, of the highest quality, superlative, unrivalled, second to none, without equal, nonpareil, unsurpassed, unsurpassable, peerless, matchless, unparalleled, unbeaten, unbeatable, unexcelled, optimum, optimal, ultimate, surpassing, incomparable, ideal, perfect
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Late 19th century: from Latin optimus best + -al.