minimal

[ min-uh-muhl ]
/ ˈmɪn ə məl /

adjective

constituting a minimum: a minimal mode of transportation.
barely adequate or the least possible: minimal care.

Origin of minimal

First recorded in 1660–70; minim(um) + -al1

Related forms

min·i·mal·ly, adverbnon·min·i·mal, adjectivesub·min·i·mal, adjective

Can be confused

minimal minimize minimum minuscule minutia (see usage note at minuscule)
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British Dictionary definitions for minimal

minimal

/ (ˈmɪnɪməl) /

adjective

of the least possible; minimum or smallest

Derived Forms

minimally, adverb
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