- constituting a minimum: a minimal mode of transportation.
- barely adequate or the least possible: minimal care.
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The sport of surfing is a very sexy sport, beautiful people on beautiful beaches in minimal clothing.Anastasia Ashley, Surfer-Cum-Model, Rides The Viral Internet Wave
December 23, 2014
But it is unfounded fear by an American public at minimal risk of contracting the illness that is confounding those efforts.Quarantine Turns Ebola Heroes Into Pariahs
October 28, 2014
The military maintains that the risk of contracting the virus is minimal.U.S. Soldiers Get Just Four Hours of Ebola Training
October 17, 2014
Nevertheless, after minimal bed rest, he was sent back out—and then on to a subsequent deployment.When the War Comes Home
October 16, 2014
In short, the critics argued, the chances that this machine could ever be useful were minimal.Why Does My Kids’ Elementary School Need a Tank?
September 13, 2014
It is a case where the "minimal dose" is wholly inoperative.
It can be done peacefully, by consent or with the use of minimal force.After the Rain
It was rather what Jones4 has called a “successful minimal adaptation.”The New Stone Age in Northern Europe</p>
John M. Tyler
The average value of this minimal current in autumn is 1.4 microampres.Life Movements in Plants
Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
The grading system at all levels utilized numbers from a high of ten to a low of one, five being the minimal passing grade.Area Handbook for Romania</p>
Eugene K. Keefe, Donald W. Bernier, Lyle E. Brenneman, William Giloane, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
- of the least possible; minimum or smallest