pessimal

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pessimal /pes'im-l/ /adj./ [Latin-based antonym for `optimal'] Maximally bad. "This is a pessimal situation." Also `pessimize' /vt./ To make as bad as possible. These words are the obvious Latin-based antonyms for `optimal' and `optimize', but for some reason they do not appear in most English dictionaries, although `pessimize' is listed in the OED.


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