adjective /ˈɒptɪməl,ˈɑptɪməl/
a) The best, most favourable or desirable, especially under some restriction

Finding the optimal balance between features and price is a common problem.

b) Describing a search algorithm that always returns the best result.

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  • optimal — optimal …   Deutsch Wörterbuch

  • optimal — optimal, ale, aux [ ɔptimal, o ] adj. • 1906; de optimum, d apr. maximal ♦ Didact. Qui est un optimum; qui est le meilleur possible. ⇒ 1. idéal, parfait. Expérience faite dans des conditions optimales. ● optimal, optimale, optimaux adjectif (de… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • optimal — op‧ti‧mal [ˈɒptml ǁ ˈɑːp ] adjective the best that is possible, or the most suitable; = optimum: • An increased corn crop is expected, based on optimal growing conditions across much of the Corn Belt. • This stock level is considerably higher… …   Financial and business terms

  • optimal — OPTIMÁL, Ă, optimali, e, adj. (Cu caracter) optim. – Din fr. optimal. Trimis de oprocopiuc, 10.05.2004. Sursa: DEX 98  optimál adj. m., pl. optimáli; f. sg. optimálă, pl. optimále …   Dicționar Român

  • optimal — op ti*mal, a. Best possible; most desirable; optimum; as, the optimal concentration of a drug. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • optimal — optimal, optimum Both words entered the language in the late 19c and are used in the meaning ‘best or most favourable (in given circumstances)’ and therefore mean rather more than simply ‘best’: • He positioned himself so that he had optimum… …   Modern English usage

  • optimal — Adj. (Grundstufe) so gut wie möglich Synonym: bestmöglich Beispiele: Wir haben eine optimale Lösung gefunden. Er weiß, wie man dieses Gerät optimal nutzen kann …   Extremes Deutsch

  • optimal — index best Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • optimal — (adj.) most favorable, 1890, from L. optimus (see OPTIMUM (Cf. optimum)). Originally a word in biology. Related: Optimally …   Etymology dictionary

  • optimal — ↑ Optimum …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch

  • optimal — [adj] optimum 24 carat*, A1*, ace, best, capital, choice, choicest, excellent, flawless, gilt edge*, greatest, highest, ideal, matchless, maximum, most advantageous, most favorable, peak, peerless, perfect, select, solid gold*, superlative, top,… …   New thesaurus

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