When we compare numbers of people, we can use the phrases:

  • "The highest/lowest number of people was"
  • "The biggest/smallest number of people was"
  • "The most/least people were"

That the word "lowest" is an antonym for the word "highest".

What is an antonym of the word "largest" when we compare numbers of people?

  • "The **largest/_________ number of people was"**

Is it the word "tiniest"? But number of usage times on google is quite low

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    To follow Ian, why do you feel that smallest doesn't fit?
    – Unrelated
    Oct 22, 2018 at 16:10
  • I thought "smallest" was already with "biggest". Isn't there any other words? @Unrelated
    – hbtpoprock
    Oct 22, 2018 at 16:27
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    Oct 24, 2018 at 17:49

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This is slightly tricky. Same quantifiers can be used to describe different items. For example: 'largest' can refer to size and also number. In your question, we can write

The largest/smallest number of people was

Again, 'tiniest' cannot make any sense because we are talking about 'number' of people here.

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    Oct 24, 2018 at 15:23

The suggestions are about right. I believe Largest may not be the right descriptor of the number. A number would be greater than, or the greatest. This would correspond to another being less than, or the least.

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    Numbers are very often described as being large or small, so I'm not sure what you mean by this. Oct 22, 2018 at 18:11
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