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Origin of de minimis
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What does de minimis mean?
De minimis means so small or inconsequential as to not be worthy of attention.
De minimis is typically used in a legal context in regard to things that are not important or significant enough to be bound by rules or regulations. It is often used in phrases like de minimis rule or de minimis exemption. Like many other technical legal terms, de minimis comes from Latin.
Example: Amounts that low are considered de minimis, so they don’t need to be reported as taxable income.
Where does de minimis come from?
The first records of de minimis in English come from the late 1700s, but the first records of its use as an adjective come from around the 1940s. It comes from a shortening of the Latin expression de minimis non curat lex, which means “the law does not concern itself with trivial matters.” Mimimis means “small” or “unimportant.” De means “of” or “having the quality of” and is used in other Latin legal terms like de facto and de jure.
From the very beginning, de minimis has been used in a legal context. Today, it is often used in discussion of the idea that the legal system and the courts should not be in the business of handling trivial matters, like prosecuting someone for plucking an apple off their neighbor’s tree. The term de minimis rule often refers to laws that set a certain limit or threshold for something to be punished as a crime, such as the purchase or possession of a minimal amount of illegal drugs.
De minimis is especially used in the context of taxes in regard to amounts that fall under a certain level and do not need to be reported or are not taxed. When used outside of a legal context, de minimis implies that something is too inconsequential to pay attention to or worry about, such as some type of risk. Describing such a risk as de minimis doesn’t mean that the risk doesn’t exist, just that it’s minimal enough that you don’t need to worry about it.
Even though it’s sometimes applied to everyday matters, de minimis still sounds like legalese (unnecessarily complicated legal jargon). For that reason, it’s rarely used in everyday conversation (except by lawyers). It’s much more common to just say trivial, small, minor, inconsequential, or insignificant.
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How is de minimis used in real life?
De mimimis is most likely to be used in the course or discussion of legal or business proceedings. When applied to other things, it’s still most likely to be used by lawyers or other people who are familiar with legal jargon.
#TaxTwitter #PPP loan statute (Sec. 1106) indicates a de minimis exemption may be written (future regulation coming?) for forgiveness limitations. This would apply to FTE employee calc, wage reduction, and possibly rehire provisions. pic.twitter.com/Z79Y6caYf0
— Glen Birnbaum (@GlenBirnbaum) April 14, 2020
Unless the reimbursement is less than €200K over 3 years (de minimis), any such aid would be subject to clearance by the Commission.
— George Peretz QC (@GeorgePeretzQC) February 26, 2020
Mainstream old school media has had the ability to de facto offer free advertising via mentions discussion etc of political candidates & thus have played king makers in the past. As time goes forward and older generations die out, Network TVs influence will be de minimis
— Bill Perkins (Guy) (@bp22) February 16, 2020
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The risk in this case is de minimis—of course there’s always a danger, but it’s a minimal one.
Example sentences from the Web for de minimis
The crypto industry is trying to address that by pushing a bill that would create a so-called de minimis exemption for minor crypto transactions.
At the end of the day, if we screw up, we will have lost a de minimis amount of money.America’s Largest Shopping Mall Owner Gets a New Tenant: Itself|Daniel Malloy|August 20, 2020|Ozy
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