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Some etymologies of Latin optimus:

  • From the root op in optare (to choose). optimum in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
  • From the root op of ops, opes; cf. copia, apiscor. “bonus” in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879.
  • Akin to optio choice. optimism in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913

--Dan Polansky 11:04, 2 November 2010 (UTC)

Probably from Proto-Indo-European *h₃ep-. But the path from there to here is uncertain, AFAIK. --Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 00:32, 17 August 2012 (UTC)