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  1. a person who favors a moderate approach to the achievement of a set of goals or who holds minimal expectations for the success of a program.

  2. a practitioner of minimalism in music or art.

  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of minimalism.

  2. being or offering no more than what is required or essential: a minimalist program for tax reform.

Origin of minimalist

1905–10; in political use <French minimaliste (see minimal, -ist), translation of Russian men'shevíkMenshevik; subsequent uses perhaps recoinage with minimal, -ist

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British Dictionary definitions for minimalist (1 of 2)


/ (ˈmɪnɪməlɪst) /

  1. a person advocating a minimal policy, style, technique, action, etc

  2. a minimal artist

  1. of or relating to minimal art or artists

British Dictionary definitions for Minimalist (2 of 2)


/ (ˈmɪnɪməlɪst) /

noun(in early 20th-century Russia)
  1. a member of the faction of the Social Revolutionaries that advocated immediate postrevolutionary democracy

  2. a less common name for a Menshevik

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