minimal

adjective
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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Other Words from minimal

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

Examples of minimal in a Sentence

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

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At zero hierarchy, individuals act disparately and the uncoordinated group output is minimal. WSJ, "Letters: Constructal Law Faces the Deconstructalists," 8 Feb. 2019 Probiotic properties of apple cider vinegar are minimal at best. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "The Real Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar, According to a Nutritionist," 21 Nov. 2018 Thursday's eruption, which occurred before dawn, produced an impressive ash plume, but otherwise caused minimal damage to surrounding areas. NBC News, "Hawaii's Kilauea is one of the world's most active volcanoes but less deadly than others," 17 May 2018 Some dermatologists and studies say the UV lamps that quickly cure gel polish put fans of the treatment at higher risk for skin cancer, while others say the exposure is so minimal that there's nothing to worry about. Marci Robin, Allure, "These Fingerless Gloves Promise to Protect Your Hands From Gel Manicure Lamps' UV Damage," 11 May 2018 Colleges and universities in Texas and Florida reported minimal damage and rebounded quickly. Erica L. Green And Emily Cochrane, New York Times, "In Devastated Puerto Rico, Universities Get Just a Fraction of Storm Aid," 1 May 2018 The risks for living donors are minimal, and the average donor experiences no impact on their kidney function or life expectancy. Dan Ariely, WSJ, "Bigger Gifts Aren’t Always Better," 4 Jan. 2019 The scarring was very minimal, and the healing process was fine. Jacqueline Andriakos, SELF, "What Appendicitis Really Feels Like, From 13 People Who Have Been There," 16 Oct. 2018 But flashes of anxiety were minimal; a five-day window meant more time had to be spent writing our vows than worrying about the particulars. Phoebe Lapine, Marie Claire, "How to Marry a Guy in Five Days," 18 Jan. 2019

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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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minimal

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of minimal

: very small or slight in size or amount

minimal

adjective
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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