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nominal

[ nom-uh-nl ]
/ ˈnɒm ə nl /
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adjective
noun
Grammar. a word or group of words functioning as a noun.
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Origin of nominal

First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English nominalle “of a noun,” from Latin nōminālis “of, belonging to a name or names, nominal,” equivalent to nōmin- (stem of nōmen ) + -ālis adjective suffix; see nomen,-al1

OTHER WORDS FROM nominal

pre·nom·i·nal, adjectiveun·nom·i·nal, adjectiveun·nom·i·nal·ly, adverb
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How to use nominal in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for nominal

nominal
/ (ˈnɒmɪnəl) /

adjective
in name only; theoreticalthe nominal leader
minimal in comparison with real worth or what is expected; tokena nominal fee
of, relating to, constituting, bearing, or giving a name
grammar of or relating to a noun or noun phrase
noun
grammar a nominal element; a noun, noun phrase, or syntactically similar structure
bell-ringing the harmonic an octave above the strike tone of a bell

Derived forms of nominal

nominally, adverb

Word Origin for nominal

C15: from Latin nōminālis of a name, from nōmen name
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