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nominal

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adjective nom·i·nal \ˈnä-mə-nəl, ˈnäm-nəl\

Definition of nominal

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or being a noun or a word or expression taking a noun construction

  2. 2a :  of, relating to, or constituting a nameb :  bearing the name of a person

  3. 3a :  existing or being something in name or form only nominal head of his partyb :  of, being, or relating to a designated or theoretical size that may vary from the actual :  approximate the pipe's nominal sizec :  trifling, insignificant his involvement was nominal charged only nominal rent

  4. 4 of a rate of interest a :  equal to the annual rate of simple interest that would obtain if interest were not compounded when in fact it is compounded and paid for periods of less than a yearb :  equal to the percentage by which a repaid loan exceeds the principal borrowed with no adjustment made for inflation

  5. 5 :  being according to plan :  satisfactory everything was nominal during the launch

nominally

adverb

Examples of nominal in a Sentence

  1. What gave it resonance was that she was reflecting—in a fun-house mirror—the thuggish behavior of her nominal betters. —Hendrik Hertzberg, New Yorker, 5 Dec. 2005

  2. Instead they will decentralize and devolve power, and rely on the people over whom they have nominal authority to be self-organizing. —Francis Fukuyama, Atlantic, May 1999

  3. Approaching his 68th birthday, Rockefeller had never imagined that his twilight years would be so eventful. His fortune had failed to purchase him even a poor man's mite of tranquillity. As nominal president of Standard Oil, he was in a bind, responsible for actions he had not approved. —Ron Chernow, Business Week, 18 May 1998

  4. Each of the ten years of nominal peace saw plenty of bloodshed. —Theodore Roosevelt, The Winning of the West: 1769-1776, (1894) 1995

  5. Her title of vice president had been nominal only.

  6. They charge a nominal fee for the service.

Did You Know?

Something nominal exists only in name. So the nominal ruler in a constitutional monarchy is the king or queen, but the real power is in the hands of the elected prime minister. In the United Kingdom, the British monarch is also the nominal head of the Church of England; and those baptized in the Church who aren't really churchgoers might be called nominal Christians. A fee can be called nominal when it's small in comparison to the value of what it buys. So, for example, you might sell a friend a good piece of furniture for a nominal amount. And the charge for a doctor's visit might be a nominal $20, since most of the cost is covered by an insurance plan.

Origin and Etymology of nominal

Middle English nominalle, from Medieval Latin nominalis, from Latin, of a name, from nomin-, nomen name — more at name

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nominal

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noun nom·i·nal \ˈnä-mə-nəl, ˈnäm-nəl\

Definition of nominal

  1. :  a word or word group functioning as a noun

Origin and Etymology of nominal

see 1nominal

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NOMINAL Defined for English Language Learners

nominal

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Definition of nominal for English Language Learners

  • : existing as something in name only : not actual or real

  • : very small in amount


NOMINAL Defined for Kids

nominal

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adjective nom·i·nal \ˈnä-mə-nəl\

Definition of nominal for Students

  1. 1 :  existing as something in name only He was the nominal head of the government.

  2. 2 :  very small There's just a nominal fee.

nominally

adverb

Word Root of nominal

The Latin word nomen, meaning “name,” and its form nominis give us the root nomin. Words from the Latin nomen have something to do with names. To nominate is to name someone as a candidate for election or for an honor. Anything nominal, such as a position or office, exists in name only. A noun or pronoun in the nominative case is in the form that names the subject of a sentence, for example the pronoun I.


Law Dictionary

nominal

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adjective nom·i·nal \ˈnä-mən-əl\

Legal Definition of nominal

  1. 1 :  existing or being something in name or form but usually not in reality defenses…raised by the corporation as nominal defendant in a derivative suit — R. C. Clark

  2. 2 :  being so small or trivial as to be a mere token charging a nominal fee

  3. 3 of a rate of interest a :  equal to the annual rate of simple interest that would obtain if interest were not compounded when in fact it is compounded and paid for periods of less than a year b :  equal to the percentage by which a repaid loan exceeds the principal borrowed with no adjustment made for inflation — compare effective 4

nominally

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