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/ ˈmɪn ə mə lɪst /


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.
a practitioner of minimalism in music or art.


of, relating to, or characteristic of minimalism.
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'shevík Menshevik; subsequent uses perhaps recoinage with minimal, -ist Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for minimalist (1 of 2)

/ (ˈmɪnɪməlɪst) /

noun (in early 20th-century Russia)

a member of the faction of the Social Revolutionaries that advocated immediate postrevolutionary democracy
a less common name for a Menshevik
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British Dictionary definitions for minimalist (2 of 2)

/ (ˈmɪnɪməlɪst) /


a person advocating a minimal policy, style, technique, action, etc
a minimal artist


of or relating to minimal art or artists
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