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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