- of, relating to, or producing a noun or nouns: a nominal suffix.
- functioning as or like a noun.
Origin of nominal
Examples from the Web for nominal
But the fighting continues, and grows worse, despite a nominal ceasefire.
Its nominal charter was publishing, more or less quarterly, a humor magazine.Doug Kenney: The Odd Comic Genius Behind ‘Animal House’ and National Lampoon|Robert Sam Anson|March 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It's common to view a nominal commitment to a Palestinian state as a public relations tactic.Israel's Political Process Sabotages Peace Efforts, But There Is A Constituency For Peace|Matt Lerner|November 7, 2013|DAILY BEAST
It doesn't actually matter very much in exactly what year the nominal Social Security trust fund is "exhausted".You're Doing it Wrong: Social Security Life Expectancy Calculations|Megan McArdle|January 7, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The nukes are in the hands of the generals; the civilian government has only nominal control.Pakistan’s Impossible Year: Elections, Army Intrigue, and More|Bruce Riedel|December 29, 2012|DAILY BEAST
On the heads of the school, real and nominal, the strain was immeasurably greater.Regiment of Women|Clemence Dane
This made things worse and served as a nominal cause for war.Sweden|Victor Nilsson
In order to destroy Gladstone's majority of one hundred and sixty, at least eighty of his nominal followers must come over.Name and Fame|Adeline Sergeant
This, as above, is my second method for attracting Parliamentary support from the ranks of the nominal Opposition.Lord Randolph Churchill|Winston Spencer Churchill
M. Clemenceau was the nominal chairman, but in reality it was President Wilson who conducted the proceedings.The Inside Story Of The Peace Conference|Emile Joseph Dillon
British Dictionary definitions for nominal
Word Origin for nominal
Word Origin and History for nominal
early 15c., "pertaining to nouns," from Latin nominalis "pertaining to a name or names," from nomen (genitive nominis) "name," cognate with Old English nama (see name (n.)). Meaning "of the nature of names" (in distinction to things) is from 1610s. Meaning "being so in name only" first recorded 1620s.