min·​i·​mal | \ ˈmi-nə-məl How to pronounce minimal (audio) \

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

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minimally \ ˈmi-​nə-​mə-​lē How to pronounce minimal (audio) \ adverb

Examples of minimal in a Sentence

The storm caused minimal damage. areas at minimal risk for flooding
Recent Examples on the Web Both parties benefit from limited restrictions, so the appetite on both sides of the aisle for reform is minimal, Freeman said. Kaitlin Lange, The Indianapolis Star, 7 Oct. 2021 Through four games — most notably a loss to the Arizona Cardinals —Woods’ role in the offense was minimal. Los Angeles Times, 7 Oct. 2021 That means that the impact on the environment will be minimal. Christian De Looper, BGR, 6 Oct. 2021 The ingredient lists are minimal and the cost of the groceries is low too, relying mostly on cheap dry goods, vegetables, and the occasional protein. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, 6 Oct. 2021 Though the clerk’s office handled the city’s FOIA requests, Taylor said the work of the clerk was minimal. Steve Sadin,, 5 Oct. 2021 Experts say it’s too early to determine the spill’s full impact on the environment, but so far the number of animals found harmed is minimal. NBC News, 5 Oct. 2021 Trunk space is minimal at 10.5 cubic feet, so pack lightly. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 2 Oct. 2021 Luckily, the damage is usually minimal and amounts to a light pruning for the trees. Tom Maccubbin,, 2 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of minimal

1666, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of minimal was in 1666

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10 Oct 2021

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“Minimal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of minimal

: very small or slight in size or amount


min·​i·​mal | \ ˈmin-ə-məl How to pronounce minimal (audio) \

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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