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Language: Old English
Origin: utmæst 'farthest out', from ut 'out'

utmost

1 adjective
     
ut‧most1 also uttermost

the utmost importance/respect/care etc

the greatest possible importance etc:
a matter of the utmost importance
I've got the utmost respect for her accomplishments.
Baldwin treated the matter with the utmost seriousness.

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