Example usage:

If Plato and Aristotle wish to maintain the status quo, then such a system is just the thing that is needed.

"Sufficient" doesn't carry it. "Ideal" gets closer. What word captures "just the thing" or "exactly what is needed"?

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    Optimum Latin for 'the best possible'. – John Lawler Oct 10 '14 at 0:45
  • Optimum is a great word—I forgot about that one. Optimal may actually work well in my case. Thanks! – Mark Bao Oct 10 '14 at 0:57
  • Reminds me of The Story of Mel, a Real Programmer, in which the phrase "most pessimum" occurs. – John Lawler Oct 10 '14 at 2:26
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    @JohnLawler: Great story. Love that loop code. – Drew Oct 10 '14 at 2:36
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    If X is the desired outcome,then Y is precisely the thing called for. – Autoresponder Oct 10 '14 at 14:08

Very thing is the very thing for you.

Exactly what is needed or wanted, as in That hat's the very thing to complete the costume. This idiom, which uses very to denote exact identity, was first recorded in 1768.



If you're willing to accept a phrase, consider the idiom "That's the ticket!"

  • I wish I could use this on my academic paper, but this is awesome for informal writing! Thanks! – Mark Bao Oct 10 '14 at 0:54

If it is a high register I would consider using ad hoc. It's cult, but I don't think it to be strictly formal, though - it seems to refer to a solution purposely intended for the problem, rather than an optimal solution found at random.

Grammar tip: in English it works as an adjective - that is the ad hoc system.

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