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
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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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19 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Minimal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce minimal (audio)

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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