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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: maximus 'greatest', from magnus 'great'

maximum

2 noun
     
maximum2 [countable]
the largest number or amount that is possible or is allowed
maximum of
He faces a maximum of seven years in prison.
The company will reimburse you up to a maximum of $1000.
We might have a third child, but that's the absolute maximum.

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