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minimal

[min-uh-muh l]
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adjective
  1. constituting a minimum: a minimal mode of transportation.
  2. barely adequate or the least possible: minimal care.

Origin of minimal

First recorded in 1660–70; minim(um) + -al1
Related formsmin·i·mal·ly, adverbnon·min·i·mal, adjectivesub·min·i·mal, adjective
Can be confusedminimal minimize minimum minuscule minutia (see usage note at minuscule)

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2. nominal, minimum.
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minimal

adjective
  1. of the least possible; minimum or smallest
Derived Formsminimally, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for minimal

adj.

"smallest, least," 1660s, from Latin minimus (see minim) + -al (1).

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