minimal

adjective min·i·mal \ ˈmi-nə-məl \
Updated on: 16 Jan 2018

Definition of minimal

1 : relating to or being a minimum: such 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

minimally

play \-mə-lē\ adverb

Examples of minimal in a Sentence

  1. The storm caused minimal damage.

  2. areas at minimal risk for flooding

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First Known Use of minimal

1666


MINIMAL Defined for English Language Learners

minimal

adjective

Definition of minimal for English Language Learners

  • : very small or slight in size or amount


Medical Dictionary

minimal

adjective min·i·mal \ ˈmin-ə-məl \

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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