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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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 On Tuesday, Nvidia launched the GeForce GTX 1650, a $150 graphics card built to slip easily into pre-existing PCs and start playing 1080p games with minimal fuss. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1650 is a $150 graphics card built to plug-and-play in any PC," 23 Apr. 2019 But since giving birth to her baby girl Kaavia James last November, Union has definitely been embracing the minimal makeup life more often. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Gabrielle Union Just Posted a Makeup-Free Selfie on the Set of “America’s Got Talent”," 20 Mar. 2019 The directive was to keep the scene minimal, but striking. Olivia Martin, Town & Country, "Behind the Scenes of a Town & Country Photoshoot," 13 Mar. 2019 Those include new minimal install options, a new Snapcraft store, and the removal of Wayland in favor of the X.org display manager. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "The 20 most-popular stories of 2018," 25 Dec. 2018 The majority of them are free, and a few charge minimal materials fee. Julia Lyon, Washington Post, "People are waiting in line. Is it Hamilton? No, it’s Bob Ross on YouTube.," 13 July 2018 At zero hierarchy, individuals act disparately and the uncoordinated group output is minimal. WSJ, "Letters: Constructal Law Faces the Deconstructalists," 8 Feb. 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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