min·​i·​mal ˈmi-nə-məl How to pronounce minimal (audio)
: relating to or being a minimum: such as
: the least possible
a victory won with minimal loss of life
: barely adequate
a minimal standard of living
: very small or slight
a minimal interest in art
often capitalized : of, relating to, or being minimal art or minimalism
minimally adverb

Examples of minimal in a Sentence

The storm caused minimal damage. areas at minimal risk for flooding
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Word History

First Known Use

1666, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of minimal was in 1666

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Cite this Entry

“Minimal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


min·​i·​mal ˈmin-ə-məl How to pronounce minimal (audio)
: relating to or being a minimum : least
minimally adverb

Medical Definition


min·​i·​mal ˈmin-ə-məl How to pronounce minimal (audio)
: 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 … treatmentJ. S. Keene et al.
residents receive a minimal level of personal careA. S. Oser
side effects are minimal

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