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せいぜい (精精) ([せいぜい] )(seizei)
    Meaning: my utmost, at most できるだけ。精一杯。最大限。
    Example: try my utmost
    JLPT Level: 1
    Category: grammar
    Author: dc

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ex #923   今度は徹夜になりそうだ。今のうちにせいぜい休んでおこう。 
It looks like overtime work ahead. For now I will do my utmost to relax.  
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ex #1111   この仕事だったらせいぜい三日もあればできる。 
If it's this type of work, it can be done in about three days at the outside.  
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ex #3064   この仕事の完成にせいぜい努力します。 
I will exert my best in finishing this work.  
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ex #4134   あの婦人はせいぜい40歳だ。 
The lady is forty years old at most.  
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ex #4135   ここから歩いてせいぜい10分のところです。 
It is no more than ten minutes' walk from here.  
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ex #4136   この時計はせいぜい10ドルだ。 
This watch costs ten dollar at most.  
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ex #4137   この辞書はせいぜい2万語くらいしか載っていない。 
This dictionary contains not more than 20,000 words.  
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ex #4138   せいぜい20人しかそのパーティーには来ないだろう。 
Only twenty people will come to the party at best.  
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ex #4139   せいぜい40%の高校生しか大学に進学しない。 
Not more than 40 percent of students go on to university.  
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ex #4140   せいぜい自分の能力を活用しなさい。 
You should make the most of your ability.  
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ex #4141   それはせいぜい二流のホテルだ。 
It is at best a second-rate hotel.  
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ex #4142   彼はせいぜい二流の学者だ。 
He is at best a second-rate scholar.  
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bamboo4Note that せいぜい also has the meaning of "at th emost." For example, せいぜい3日もあればできる would mean "It can be done in about three days at the very outside," In this sense it has the meaning similar to たかだか. 
lupan'At the very outside'? I don't understand this translation. 
dc 'At the very outside' means "at the worst". maybe literally, "on the border of what might and might not happen"
-> さいていの場合、三日掛かる。
 
Mikihmm it would be 最長(さいちょう)instead of 最低(さいてい). 最長⇔最短(さいたん)、最高(さいこう)⇔最低 
bamboo4You guys must mean 最悪の場合. You would not say さいていの場合、三日掛かる but could say さいてい三日掛かる, which would mean "takes the minimum of three days."The former says that it could be done in less than three days, but the latter would say it takes three days or more. 
dcI thought "最低" also means "the worst". We would use it like "in the worst case, we will miss the deadline by one day". ie: you dont expect to, but... 
bamboo4最低 can be "the worst" but it also could mean "minimum of" 
nksDoes anybody know where a good list of spoken versus writing style words (as the case seems to be here, with takadaka and seizei) can be found? 
Gaijin demonaiI don't think "at the very outside" is correct English. I guess you mean "at most".  
bamboo4I guess "at the very outside" is awkward, but I think "at the outside" should be acceptable. 
andyclapWhile I can't comment on any of the Japanese - "at the outside" is very informal in English. It refers to the expression "an outside chance" (a term from horseracing). So the first example would be better written: "If it's this type of work, there is an outside chance that it can be done in about three days." 
somakevinI have been told by a native speaker that "せいぜい" has a certain ironic or sarcastic tinge to it. It is used in the context of saying that someone "did their best", etc. in an ironic way, meaning it could have been done a bit better. 
ashishjoshiせいぜい三日もあれば出来る。−I can do it in atmost three days....... Correct me if I am wrong. Thanks 

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