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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishoptimalop‧ti‧mal /ˈɒptəməl $ ˈɑːp-/ ●○○ adjective formal  BESTthe best or most suitable syn optimum
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optimalThis is a mathematical model designed to determine the optimal amount of inventory that a firm should carry.It presupposes that the functionally optimal capitalist state is in some senses class-neutral.Existing catalytic converters can produce extremely low hydrocarbon and carbon monoxide outputs only in optimal conditions.To make the optimal decision, I visually scan as many as possible of the various alternatives.Ageing could evolve as part of an optimal life history.The optimal position for households is represented by point B, while point A represents the optimal position for firms.Note that the average payment following the optimal strategy is around three times greater than the average payment following the myopic strategy.
From Longman Business Dictionaryoptimalop‧ti‧mal /ˈɒptəməlˈɑːp-/ adjective the best that is possible, or the most suitable SYN optimumAn increased corn crop is expected, based on optimal growing conditions across much of the Corn Belt.This stock level is considerably higher than the 65-to-70-day range usually regarded as optimal. see also PARETO OPTIMAL
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