min·​i·​mal | \ˈmi-nə-məl \

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 \ -​mə-​lē \ adverb

Examples of minimal in a Sentence

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

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Though the damage was minimal, the two spent the night in jail and were deported the next day. John Harrington And Charles Stockdale, USA TODAY, "50 fascinating facts you may not know about The Beatles," 10 July 2018 Experts interviewed by IndyStar said the investigation was flawed because investigators did not contact Hill and any efforts to corroborate alleged victims' statements appeared to be minimal. Kaitlin Lange, Indianapolis Star, "Curtis Hill scandal threatens his future — and stability in Indiana Statehouse," 8 July 2018 Meanwhile, the difference in performance of the sector following moves in long-term rates was minimal. Simon Constable, WSJ, "What’s Driving Bank Stocks?," 8 July 2018 The traffic impact should be minimal, officials said. David Ibata, ajc, "Woodstock downtown street work starts July 9," 25 June 2018 Right now, by dint of being in the EU customs union and single market, the level of friction trucks experience when traveling through the port is minimal. Georgina Voss, The Atlantic, "Brexit Could Cripple Britain’s Ports," 20 June 2018 The authors also found that the introduction of formula before 6 months of age was minimal for both groups and did not explain the sleep differences. Rita Giordano,, "Breastfeeding is best for babies, but what about their sleep-deprived parents?," 11 July 2018 But Chicago scored twice in the second, and Colon was lucky to escape with minimal damage. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Colon one win shy of MLB milestone," 1 July 2018 According to the Albany County Sheriffs Office, the tornado caused minimal damage to some structures, power poles, power lines, and fencing. Gina Martinez, Time, "This Guy Snapped Some Spectacular Pictures of a Tornado in Wyoming (With His Phone!)," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of minimal

1666, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of minimal

: very small or slight in size or amount


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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