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Does the term 'at most' mean there is at least one?

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No because

"at most one"

means

one or less.

Edit
The free dictionary points out that at most can be replaced by "not more than".

In which case

  • at most one can be equated to not more than one,

whereas instead

  • at least one means not less than one.
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Alain, thank you very much. Do you have a resource for this, I tried searching everywhere online, didn't have any success. –  KerxPhilo May 5 '11 at 6:06
    
@KexPhilo, I've edited the answer to start from a dictionary definition, if this is what you are after. –  Alain Pannetier Φ May 5 '11 at 6:20

It means "no more than one." Many times it is used to imply "no more than one, if even that."

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