optimal optimal  /ˈɑp tə məl/


  • (adj) most desirable possible under a restriction expressed or implied


  1. For the Taliban, the optimal outcome is a low turnout producing a new wave of turmoil that further undermines the legitimacy of the government in Kabul.
  2. The device's miniaturized version of Apple's Safari software simplifies mobile access and streamlines the process of tailoring dirty sites for optimal viewing on the go.
  3. You need to have optimal timing.


  1. Learn how to gain energy and lose weight

    WARWICK — Are you looking for more energy? Do you need to achieve your optimal weight? Are you suffering with chronic illness that won't go away? Spend an evening of intensive redirection with Dr. Rob Kramer on Wednesday, June 19, from 7 to 8 p.m. at Apple Valley Pharmacy in Warwick.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: The Warwick Advertiser

  2. Cardinals' Palmer compares Mathieu to Polamalu

    06:21 PM ET 06.10 | The first thing you notice about Mathieu is his size -- at 5-9, he's probably three inches shy of what's optimal for the position -- and the second is his instinct. He's clearly at home on the practice field, pointing out coverages pre-snap and changing direction smoothly.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Sports Illustrated

  3. Optimal IdM's Virtual Identity Server For Office 365 Wins Best Of TechEd For Cloud Computing

    LAND O'LAKES, Fla., June 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Optimal IdM, LLC, a Microsoft Gold Certified partner, today announced that its Virtual Identity Server for Office 365 won a Best of TechEd 2013 award in ...
    on June 10, 2013     Source: PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance


  1. "I realized I no longer can train in an optimal way because of my knees," Andersen told The Associated Press in a phone interview. "So I am retiring."
    on Dec 8, 2008 By: Morten Andersen Source: International Herald Tribune

  2. "Given continuing high levels of violence in Iraq and few manifestations of political compromise among Iraq's factions, the optimal outcome in Iraq of a unified, pluralist, democratic government that is able to police itself, protect its borders,...
    on Jul 12, 2007 By: John Warner Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. "We now appreciate that policy decisions under uncertainty must take into account a range of possible scenarios about the state or structure of the economy, and those policy decisions may look quite different from those that would be optimal under...
    on Oct 19, 2007 By: Ben Bernanke Source: Bloomberg

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