from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Most favorable or desirable; optimum.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. The best, most favourable or desirable, especially under some restriction.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Best possible; most desirable; optimum.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Best; most favorable: specifically, in experimental psychology, referring to the frequency or duration of stimuli, to the length of intervals between experiments, etc., so timed as to allow of most accurate reproduction or apprehension, or of most adequate attentive preparation: as, the optimal interval for reproduction, the optimal preparation-time, the optimal rate of recurrence, the optimal rhythm, etc.
- Of or pertaining to the optimum, as of temperature, moisture, etc. See optimum.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. most desirable possible under a restriction expressed or implied
This poses serious problems for the claim of engineers that their designs are optimal solutions, since Arrow's theorem implies that in a multi-criteria problem the notion of ˜optimal™ cannot be rigorously defined.
One suspects that the term optimal came into widespread use among economists as a marketing device to promote their normative propositions based on efficiency.
In order to achieve what I call "optimal stress," you must realize that stress is a process, not an event.
Then, in 1951 the American mathematician John Nash (yes, the same Nash in "A Beautiful Mind"), wrote a work called “Non-Cooperative Games” in which the outcomes inevitably evolve into two kinds of equilibrium, which he characterized as optimal and suboptimal.
I may define an optimal society as one that looks like it holds property "rights" but what I define as optimal and what I think is moral are two different things.
In his teaching and practice he would force an inhale on the downstroke of a squat and then have a forced exhale on the upstroke, which he called optimal breathing.
Well, there are certainly opportunities because as we have talked in the past, we have many markets where we have less than what we called optimal amount of share, which is 10% in market.
Plenty of others (myself included) eat a perfectly healthy diet, get enough exercise, and yet for whatever reason, cannot attain "optimal" weight.
Conclusions about creationism are made in relation to 'optimal' life without defining the word optimal or showing how creationism does not produce optimal life and intentionally combining contradictory philosophical and scientific grounds.
More recent research indicates that for children raised in optimal rearing conditions, IQ is more heritable than in less optimal rearing conditions (poverty etc).