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    Smile what is the opposite expression of "irredusible minimum"?

    what is the opposite expression of "irredusible minimum"? thx.

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    Re: what is the opposite expression of "irredusible minimum"?

    reducible minimum?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    reducible minimum?
    reducible maximum?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Whitehead View Post
    reducible maximum?
    I was wondering about that too, but it appears that irreducible minimum isn't an absolute:

    Ex: It claims to have reduced corruption in cricket to a 'reducible minimum'.

    Ex: Irreducible, Reducible, Minimum-Phase Channels: A. channel is called irreducible if its subchannels. have no. zeros in common and reducible otherwise.

    Ex: Boiled down to its reducible minimum, Browne’s thesis is that Sahagún. was not the father of modern ethnography.

    Ex: element u ∈ A with the reducible minimum polynomial µ. u. (ξ) = ξ. 2. − 1, therefore u + 1. is a zero divisor.

    Ex: Most commenters favor reducible minimum opening bids over reserve prices.

    Ex: For eligible industrial and manufacturing businesses that have a tax liability at a non-reducible minimum, the credit is fully refundable


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    Re: what is the opposite expression of "irredusible minimum"?

    I have never heard the phrase before, never mind worked out the opposite! It doesn't appear in my dictionary either.

    I was going with a vague notion that if something is reducible it can't be a minimum, but your examples (from dictionary.com?) indicate that people do use that term.

    However...

    Ex. A reducible maximum interest rate of 12% (1% per month) Interest would be calculated on a daily basis Right to repay the capital without penalty ...
    The Australian Cricket Bat Willow Project

    Ex. Not reducible maximum power ... diesel fuel with a maximum sulphur content of 10 ppm is placed ...
    CIMAC - the International Council on Combustion engines

    Ex. sparse matrix factors, image compression boards, maximum reducible bits, main compression tool, symmetric cosine transform, television codec, ...
    Amazon.com: Online Shopping for Electronics, Apparel, Computers, Books, DVDs & more

    I really don't know the answer to this one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Whitehead View Post
    I really don't know the answer to this one!
    Join the club.

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    Re: what is the opposite expression of "irredusible minimum"?

    It depends what you mean by 'opposite expression'': 'reducible minimum' is the obvious one ['the least possible, that can [versus cannot] be reduced' - whatever that means]; 'absolute maximum' [the most possible] would be my first choice. These are both clearly opposites, but they are in no way synonymous. So... we need a context (and as Casi has shown, there are many possible [and conflicting] contexts).

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    Smile Re: what is the opposite expression of "irredusible minimum"?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    It depends what you mean by 'opposite expression'': 'reducible minimum' is the obvious one ['the least possible, that can [versus cannot] be reduced' - whatever that means]; 'absolute maximum' [the most possible] would be my first choice. These are both clearly opposites, but they are in no way synonymous. So... we need a context (and as Casi has shown, there are many possible [and conflicting] contexts).

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    hi, it's been a long time.

    "what is the opposite expression of "irredusible minimum"?"

    Let me try to give a context of what I mean about "irredusible minimum".
    Someone's monthly salary is very very low, so low that it can not even support one's basic living, so I say this is the irredusible minimum.(Can I? I don't know whether under this context this is just a Chinese expression directly translated into English.) Is it some kind of rhetoric?

    We know that water can be heated up to 100 degrees centigrade. The temperature can not be higher than this. If I need an adjective to describe this maximum, what can it be?


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    Re: what is the opposite expression of "irredusible minimum"?

    absolute maximum


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    Re: what is the opposite expression of "irredusible minimum"?

    Someone's monthly salary is very very low, so low that it can not even support one's basic living, so I say this is the irredusible minimum.(Can I? I don't know whether under this context this is just a Chinese expression directly translated into English.)
    I think the current phrase for that is 'minimum wage'.


    If I need an adjective to describe this maximum, what can it be?
    I would say exactly that - maximum. It doesn't really need any adjective to describe it, but if you feel you have to add one then Anglika's 'absolute maximum' is as good as any.

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