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 minimally (audio) \ adverb

Examples of minimal in a Sentence

The storm caused minimal damage. areas at minimal risk for flooding
Recent Examples on the Web If that's the case, provisions in the next few quarters should be minimal. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Bank of America just ended a weak quarter—but there were 3 little-noticed bright spots," 18 Oct. 2020 Exposure risk is minimal even for passengers on long flights seated next to an infected person, the study found. Alison Sider, WSJ, "Airlines Plan for Prolonged Coronavirus Travel Drought," 16 Oct. 2020 Trainers said that although bites can be difficult to watch, if a dog is properly trained, any injuries should be minimal. Maurice Chammah And Abbie Vansickle, USA TODAY, "She went out for a walk. Then Drogo the police dog charged.," 15 Oct. 2020 The impact wide receivers Kevin Austin Jr. and Ben Skowronek had in returning from injuries Saturday against Florida State was minimal. Tyler James, The Indianapolis Star, "Notebook: Brian Kelly demanding better from Notre Dame's defense against Louisville," 13 Oct. 2020 And while the team is probably well-versed in schemes and film study, the actual blocking and tackling work has been minimal. Megan Ryan, Star Tribune, "2020 Gophers football: Yes, it matters," 10 Oct. 2020 The cost savings from dropping indoor track is minimal. oregonlive, "From a track perspective, Minnesota’s decision makes no sense. But that’s not the real problem: Oregon track & field rundown," 10 Oct. 2020 Fortunately, damage to an art exhibit on loan to the Pearl was minimal. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "'Pearl' of the community supports county, task force for flood mitigation," 10 Oct. 2020 In phone interviews, union leaders said cases had been minimal. Brooks Barnes, New York Times, "At Disney World, ‘Worst Fears’ About Virus Have Not Come True," 9 Oct. 2020

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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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21 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Minimal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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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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