minimal


min·i·mal

adjective \ˈmi-nə-məl\

: very small or slight in size or amount

Full Definition of MINIMAL

1
:  relating to or being a minimum: as
a :  the least possible <a victory won with minimal loss of life>
b :  barely adequate <a minimal standard of living>
c :  very small or slight <a minimal interest in art>
2
often capitalized :  of, relating to, or being minimal art or minimalism
min·i·mal·ly \-mə-lē\ adverb

Examples of MINIMAL

  1. The storm caused minimal damage.
  2. areas at minimal risk for flooding

First Known Use of MINIMAL

1666

min·i·mal

adjective \ˈmin-ə-məl\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of MINIMAL

: relating to or being a minimum : constituting the least possible with respect to size, number, degree, or certain stated conditions <tuberosity fractures heal with minimal…treatment—J. S. Keene et al> <residents receive a minimal level of personal care—A. S. Oser> <side effects are minimal>

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