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It is the optimal solution.
  most desirable possible — often given the circumstances
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  • It is the optimal solution.
  • Delivering the drug intravenously assures an optimal concentration of the drug.
  • Fries and pie still the optimal meal?
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • That was the optimal solution and that’s what he’s all about, optimal solutions."
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea

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  • There were surveys, at least fifty of them, gauging the Circlers’ opinions on various company policies, on optimal dates for upcoming gatherings, interest groups, celebrations and holiday breaks.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • You will, immediately upon reaching Churchill, proceed by chartered air transport in a suitable direction for the requisite distance and thereupon establish a Base at a point where it has been ascertained there is an adequate wolf population and where conditions generally are optimal to the furtherance of your operations….
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • Meanwhile, I cannot optimally serve our cause, and my skills are no doubt eroding.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • This isn’t about making logical, optimal decisions.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • I saw with my own eyes that living conditions in the Grote household were, well, less than optimal.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • The trick is to keep the pit from blowing apart too quickly, before you reach optimal supercritical mass.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day

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  • The bombsight would then take over flying the plane, follow a precise path to the target, calculate the drop angle, and release the bombs at the optimal moment.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • Try for optimal meeting conditions: Make sure no one is hungry, cold or tired.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • Headlines competed for optimal sensationalism.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • The Distracter showed that no single segment of the Sesame Street format should go beyond four minutes, and that three minutes was probably optimal.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • He clearly played basketball in that same optimal range of arousal in which Ron Avery performed.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • "If allowed to grow uninhibited under optimal cultural conditions, [HeLa] would have taken over the world by this time," they wrote.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • He was quite simply so good that it felt as if she had achieved the optimal balance with Beckman as husband and Blomkvist as lover-when-needed.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • The difference between a fast fraction and a slow fraction is often less than a second, and a jockey must be able to discriminate between the two to place his horse optimally.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • The optimal distances were at one hundred yards and twenty-five yards.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • The circumstances were optimal; they couldn’t be better.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • It’s a 40 amp-hour Ag-Zn battery with an optimal voltage of 1.
    Andy Weir  --  The Martian
  • I smile back at him and give him the best greeting we have in the Society "I wish you optimal results," I tell Xander.
    Ally Condie  --  Matched
  • We’re supposed to make sure that we match ourselves with ’optimal’ partners, so we produce genetically superior offspring, or something.
    Veronica Roth  --  Allegiant
  • From there it is communicated to the car, which computes and projects the optimal route on a heads-up display, a glowing colored map traced out against the windshield so that the Deiverator does not even have to glance down.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • That’s the optimal number for a quest."
    Rick Riordan  --  The House of Hades
  • It is of the utmost importance to the Society that the Matches be as optimal as possible.
    Ally Condie  --  Matched
  • If you feel that you need to talk to someone about what happened, he would be the optimal one.
    Ally Condie  --  Matched
  • The mile was four laps of the track; the 5,000 was more than twelve, what Louie would describe as a "fifteen-minute torture chamber," well over three times his optimal distance.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • Five minutes left before the workout ends, before I’ve run the distance and time I should in order to keep up my optimal heart rate and maintain my optimal body mass index.
    Ally Condie  --  Matched
  • Five minutes left before the workout ends, before I’ve run the distance and time I should in order to keep up my optimal heart rate and maintain my optimal body mass index.
    Ally Condie  --  Matched
  • To his outside, a crowd of horses rushed inward to gain optimal position.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • A mile and a quarter was War Admiral’s optimal distance.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • There may be some merit to this, as recent research suggests that steady, hard training and racing in sound horses, especially in young ones, may give bones and soft tissue the loading they need for optimal durability, and give horses the wind foundation to tackle harder racing later.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • I might get an optimal vocation assignment if I can impress the Officials enough.
    Ally Condie  --  Matched
  • I checked yesterday’s power generation, and it was 97 percent of optimal.
    Andy Weir  --  The Martian
  • But very few basketball players see the court as clearly as Larry Bird did, and that’s because very few people play in that optimal range.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • She drove the country roads with an expert’s touch, hitting the turns and accelerating at just the right moment so the big Mercedes engine was at optimal rpm on the straightaways.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • The Society doesn’t worry as much about them reaching optimal age.
    Ally Condie  --  Matched
  • You have exceeded your optimal heart rate.
    Ally Condie  --  Matched
  • Dave Grossman, a former army lieutenant colonel and the author of On Killing, argues that the optimal state of "arousal"—the range in which stress improves performance—is when our heart rate is between 115 and 145 beats per minute.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • They did that because, despite being cancerous, HeLa still shared many basic characteristics with normal cells: They produced proteins and communicated with one another like normal cells, they divided and generated energy, they expressed genes and regulated them, and they were susceptible to infections, which made them an optimal tool for synthesizing and studying any number of things in culture, including bacteria, hormones, proteins, and especially viruses.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • That was the optimal solution and that’s what he’s all about, optimal solutions."
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
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Associated words [difficulty]:   optimal [5] , optimistic [1] , suboptimal [9] , prisoner’s dilemma [8] , suboptimal [9] , zero-sum game [9]
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