nominal

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

Definition of nominal 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

2a : of, relating to, or constituting a name

b : bearing the name of a person

3a : existing or being something in name or form only nominal head of his party

b : of, being, or relating to a designated or theoretical size that may vary from the actual : approximate the pipe's nominal size

c : trifling, insignificant his involvement was nominal charged only nominal rent

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 year

b : equal to the percentage by which a repaid loan exceeds the principal borrowed with no adjustment made for inflation

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

nominal

noun
nom·i·nal | \ˈnä-mə-nᵊl, ˈnäm-nəl\

Definition of nominal (Entry 2 of 2)

: a word or word group functioning as a noun

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Other Words from nominal

Adjective

nominally adverb

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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.

Examples of nominal in a Sentence

Adjective

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 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 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 Each of the ten years of nominal peace saw plenty of bloodshed. — Theodore Roosevelt, The Winning of the West: 1769-1776, (1894) 1995 Her title of vice president had been nominal only. They charge a nominal fee for the service.
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And the Dem frontrunner to take on vulnerable GOP Rep. Mia Love in UT-4 is Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams, who faces nominal opposition. Chuck Todd, NBC News, "Here are seven storylines to watch in today's primaries and runoffs," 26 June 2018 The lawsuit against Morrison seeks puntative, nominal and other damages, an injunction and funds to cover legal fees. David Hernandez, sandiegouniontribune.com, "National City mayor blocks critic on Facebook, gets sued," 29 May 2018 Others pay a nominal tuition of $20 to $70 per month. Richard Chang, latimes.com, "Newly expanded nonprofit The Wooden Floor readies its 35th annual dance concert," 24 May 2018 The nominal ground for impeachment involved his dismissal of a member of his Cabinet, but impeachment cases are always about the politics of the moment as much as the evidence before Congress. Jeffrey Toobin, The New Yorker, "Will the Fervor for Impeachment Start a Democratic Civil War?," 19 May 2018 ConnectiCare spent a nominal amount on mulch, and Knox Hartford, a non-profit gardening program, donated other supplies, according to ConnectiCare marketing team member Yvonne Alston, who was delivering granola bars and water to volunteers. Rebecca Lurye, courant.com, "Volunteers Brighten A Dark Corner Of Hartford Roadway," 5 May 2018 The city’s budget staff said 70 percent of people who use credit cards to dine out in the city are not local residents, and the 1 percent increase is a nominal amount on any individual bill. Patricia Sullivan, Washington Post, "Alexandria set to increase local meals tax to 5 percent, highest in region," 30 Apr. 2018 Though the region has enjoyed nominal peace for 20 years, there are wounds that run deep and families that remain torn apart by violence. John Petkovic, cleveland.com, "Cleveland International Film Festival: 'Maze' a taut Northern Ireland prison drama that transcends politics," 9 Apr. 2018 For this is when the Selecao's brilliance came to the fore, in conjunction with the nominal 'finest goalkeeper' in the World's sudden implosion. SI.com, "World Cup Countdown: 14 Weeks to Go - Brazil's Astounding Performance in the 1962 Final," 16 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of nominal

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1904, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nominal

Adjective

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

Noun

see nominal entry 1

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nominal

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of nominal

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

: very small in amount

nominal

adjective
nom·i·nal | \ˈnä-mə-nᵊl \

Kids Definition of nominal

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

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

Other Words from nominal

nominally adverb

nominal

adjective
nom·i·nal | \ˈnä-mən-ᵊl \

Legal Definition of nominal 

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

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 sense 4

Other Words from nominal

nominally adverb

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