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 \ ˈmi-​nə-​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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The risks and side effects are minimal with an injectable treatment to combat forehead wrinkles. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Everything You Need to Know About Treating Forehead Wrinkles," 11 June 2019 Now there’s no stress because LEDs use very minimal wattage. Kathryn O’shea-evans, WSJ, "Goodbye, Showy Chandeliers. Hello, Low-Key Lighting That Transforms Rooms," 25 Jan. 2019 Generally, the pressure from jade rollers is more minimal. April Franzino, Good Housekeeping, "Do Jade Rollers Actually Work? Here's the Truth," 20 May 2019 Preparation is usually pretty minimal, but still important. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "What to Know Before, During, and After Your Gum Graft Surgery," 11 Mar. 2019 If outside, the time to sweat has been pretty minimal, given dew points in the sultry 70s. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, "PM Update: A couple of showers or a storm possible into tonight, then much less humid Thursday," 13 June 2018 But prosecutors said that his role was not minimal. Greg Moran, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Former lobbyist gets 4 months in prison for role in Azano campaign finance scandal," 30 Apr. 2018 As noted by Elle, Sophie took the LBD in a fresh direction with the help of her stylist Kate Young, choosing minimal accessories — bronze heels by Alexandre Birman and gold hoops by Carolina Bucci — to let the dress’s sculptural lines speak volumes. Teen Vogue, "Sophie Turner Wears Mugler Little Black Dress During "X-Men" Press Tour in Paris," 27 Apr. 2019 Its smart elliptical design means smooth swaths of hair with minimal tugging, and the combination of nylon pin bristles detangle while tufted bristles smooth. Jessica Teich, Good Housekeeping, "This Insanely Popular Hair Dryer Is the Perfect Last-Minute Mother's Day Gift," 26 Apr. 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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