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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Economic growth is minimal, and anxiety considerable amid the sense that more trouble lies ahead. Peter S. Goodman, New York Times, "Turkey’s Long, Painful Economic Crisis Grinds On," 8 July 2019 With her bold choices, Dion has established herself as a true risk-taker who clearly enjoys and has fun with fashion -- something that's increasingly hard to come by as trends skew toward the minimal and cynical. Marianna Cerini, CNN Style, "How Celine Dion became the queen of couture week," 4 July 2019 Her designs are minimal and often monochromatic and very modern. Rebecca White, Dallas News, "Sugar rush! Meet 3 Dallas-area bakers making cute and modern decorated cookies," 3 July 2019 Her expenses are minimal, especially compared to the rewards. Steve Hartman, CBS News, "11-year-old expands her charity granting wishes to nursing home residents," 28 June 2019 Dave Pope estimates costs for the neighbors were minimal, around $3,500 for signs and miscellaneous costs. Erik Lacitis, The Seattle Times, "After 7-year battle, Lake City neighbors rejoice as Lake Washington dead end becomes a public beach," 24 June 2019 The dancers are attired in uncredited, minimal, nude-look costuming; Neil Peter Jampolis’s glowing lighting is based on a concept by David M. Chapman. Robert Greskovic, WSJ, "A Company’s Classics Take the Stage," 17 June 2019 But the impact of such disasters on contractors’ bottom lines tends to be minimal, or even positive, since they may be paid to correct the problem. Andrew Cockburn, Harper's magazine, "The Military-Industrial Virus," 10 June 2019 The more minimal the packaging, the better for the earth. Good Housekeeping, "The Real Meaning of Clean Beauty, According to Scientists," 11 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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