Maximal means the greatest, best, or largest amount of something. The maximal speed of your friend's junky car might be forty miles per hour.

The adjective maximal is the opposite of the more common minimal. Your idea of sleeping in maximal comfort might include a soft comforter and lots of pillows, and you might try, when you're running on a treadmill, to get your heartbeat to its maximal rate for several minutes. Maximal has a Latin root, maximus, or "greatest," which in turn comes from magnus, "great or large."

Definitions of maximal
  1. adjective
    the greatest or most complete or best possible
    maximal expansion”
    synonyms: maximum
    greatest or maximal in degree; extreme
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    minimal, minimum
    the least possible
    borderline, marginal
    of questionable or minimal quality
    so small as to be meaningless; insignificant
    nominal, token, tokenish
    insignificantly small; a matter of form only (`tokenish' is informal)
    stripped, stripped-down
    having only essential or minimal features
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