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Best or most favorable; optimum.

*‘seeking the optimal solution’*-
*‘Nominating either more or fewer candidates than the optimal number costs a party seats.’* -
*‘The modern-day emphasis is as much on avoiding illness as on enjoying optimal health.’* -
*‘Instead, eat food first, then drink afterwards for optimal health and digestive tract function.’* -
*‘Plant two or more rows of the same variety side by side to ensure optimal pollination.’* -
*‘This level of iron store is about twice as much as the optimal iron store for normal adults.’* -
*‘The optimal solution in my eyes is to have smoking banned in public places except for designated smoking areas.’* -
*‘These rules do not always give optimal outcomes, although they usually give good ones.’* -
*‘Oral odours are best treated through meticulous oral hygiene and optimal dental care.’* -
*‘A good short story is a fictional vision which, in its optimal form, happens to have a short page count.’* -
*‘The shading requirements also seem to be less than optimal to keep the summer sun off walls.’* -
*‘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.’* -
*‘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 optimal time for both starting and stopping treatment is unknown.’* -
*‘Isn't optimal application of the laws of the game the ideal that we should strive for?’* -
*‘What are the optimal temperature and light conditions for the germination of these seeds?’* -
*‘Each filler is injected in a different way but, in most cases, two or more syringes will be needed for optimal results.’* -
*‘I just need to fiddle around with it to get it in the optimal listening order.’* -
*‘The results indicated that the procedural modification was not optimal for the purpose.’* -
*‘The key is determining the optimal time to move from an internal to an external audit.’*

View synonyms**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, ultimate, surpassing, incomparable, ideal, perfect-

Late 19th century: from Latin optimus ‘best’ + -al.

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