minimal

[min-uh-muhl]
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adjective

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

Nearby words

  1. minikin,
  2. minilab,
  3. minilaparotomy,
  4. minim,
  5. minima,
  6. minimal art,
  7. minimal brain dysfunction,
  8. minimal dose,
  9. minimal infecting dose,
  10. minimal lethal dose

Origin of minimal

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

SYNONYMS FOR minimal
Related formsmin·i·mal·ly, adverbnon·min·i·mal, adjectivesub·min·i·mal, adjective

Can be confusedminimal minimize minimum minuscule minutia (see usage note at minuscule)

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British Dictionary definitions for minimally

minimal

adjective

of the least possible; minimum or smallest
Derived Formsminimally, adverb

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