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- adj. bad to a maximal extent; worst
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- adj. of an organism's environment; least favorable for survival
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Many of you make a career out of imagining horrible things; I have no illusion that mine is the pessimal condition.
I am willing to believe the current state of US health care is suboptimal, but the operative assumption of many people here is that it is pessimal, that it is the worst possible situation, and therefore any change, no matter how political and ill-conceiving is necessarily step in the right direction.
The pessimal condition for me would not be that I don't fully recover my vestibular functioning; that would be bad, but we could adjust.
The pessimal condition would be that I don't fully recover my vestibular function and have to wonder if I could have, if only I'd worked harder at the PT.
Took some cajoling; my editor is a NIMBY when it comes alt-media, partly due to the pessimal state of modern info, partly due to how close he is to sundowning.