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Optimum vs. Appropriate

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Optimumnoun

The best or most favorable condition, or the greatest amount or degree possible under specific sets of comparable circumstances.

Appropriateadjective

Suitable or fit; proper.

‘The headmaster wondered what an appropriate measure would be to make the pupil behave better.’;

Optimumadjective

best or most advantageous; surpassing all others.

Appropriateadjective

Suitable to the social situation or to social respect or social discreetness; socially correct; socially discreet; well-mannered; proper.

‘I don't think it was appropriate for the cashier to tell me out loud in front of all those people at the check-out that my hair-piece looked like it was falling out of place.’; ‘While it is not considered appropriate for a professor to date his student, there is no such concern once the semester has ended.’;

Optimum

Best possible or most desirable; - usually under a restriction expressed or implied; as, an optimum return on capital; optimum concentration of a drug; an optimum result.

Appropriateadjective

(obsolete) Set apart for a particular use or person; reserved.

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Optimumnoun

The most favorable condition, greatest degree, or largest amount possible under given circumstances.

Appropriateverb

To make suitable; to suit.

Optimumnoun

most favorable condition or greatest degree or amount possible under given circumstances

Appropriateverb

(transitive) To take to oneself; to claim or use, especially as by an exclusive right.

‘Let no man appropriate the use of a common benefit.’;

Optimumadjective

most desirable possible under a restriction expressed or implied;

‘an optimum return on capital’; ‘optimal concentration of a drug’;

Appropriateverb

(transitive) To set apart for, or assign to, a particular person or use, especially in exclusion of all others; with to or for.

‘A spot of ground is appropriated for a garden.’; ‘to appropriate money for the increase of the navy’;

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Appropriateverb

To annex (for example a benefice, to a spiritual corporation, as its property).

Appropriateadjective

Set apart for a particular use or person. Hence: Belonging peculiarly; peculiar; suitable; fit; proper.

‘In its strict and appropriate meaning.’; ‘Appropriate acts of divine worship.’; ‘It is not at all times easy to find words appropriate to express our ideas.’;

Appropriateverb

To take to one's self in exclusion of others; to claim or use as by an exclusive right; as, let no man appropriate the use of a common benefit.

Appropriateverb

To set apart for, or assign to, a particular person or use, in exclusion of all others; - with to or for; as, a spot of ground is appropriated for a garden; to appropriate money for the increase of the navy.

Appropriateverb

To make suitable; to suit.

Appropriateverb

To annex, as a benefice, to a spiritual corporation, as its property.

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Appropriatenoun

A property; attribute.

Appropriateverb

give or assign a share of money or time to a particular person or cause;

‘I will earmark this money for your research’;

Appropriateverb

take possession of by force, as after an invasion;

‘the invaders seized the land and property of the inhabitants’; ‘The army seized the town’; ‘The militia captured the castle’;

Appropriateadjective

suitable for a particular person or place or condition etc;

‘a book not appropriate for children’; ‘a funeral conducted the appropriate solemnity’; ‘it seems that an apology is appropriate’;

Appropriateadjective

appropriate for achieving a particular end; implies a lack of concern for fairness

Appropriateadjective

meant or adapted for an occasion or use;

‘a tractor suitable (or fit) for heavy duty’; ‘not an appropriate (or fit) time for flippancy’;

Appropriateadjective

suitable and fitting;

‘the tailored clothes were harmonious with her military bearing’;

Appropriateadjective

being of striking appropriateness and pertinence;

‘the successful copywriter is a master of apposite and evocative verbal images’; ‘an apt reply’;

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