- being such in name only; so-called; putative: a nominal treaty; the nominal head of the country.
- (of a price, consideration, etc.) named as a mere matter of form, being trifling in comparison with the actual value; minimal.
- of, relating to, or constituting a name or names.
- of, relating to, or producing a noun or nouns: a nominal suffix.
- functioning as or like a noun.
- assigned to a person by name: nominal shares of stock.
- containing, bearing, or giving a name or names.
- (of money, income, or the like) measured in an amount rather than in real value: Nominal wages have risen 50 percent, but real wages are down because of inflation.
- Aerospace. performing or achieved within expected, acceptable limits; normal and satisfactory: The mission was nominal throughout.
- Slang. done smoothly as expected: The space shot was nominal, proceeding without a hitch.
- Grammar. a word or group of words functioning as a noun.
Origin of nominal
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Related Wordsostensible, titular, token, symbolic, minimal, simple, given, puppet, formal, small, low, trifling, alleged, apparent, honorary, mentioned, named, pretended, professed, seeming
Examples from the Web for nominal
But the fighting continues, and grows worse, despite a nominal ceasefire.Ukraine Could Explode in the Next 48 Hours
November 10, 2014
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
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
November 7, 2013
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
January 7, 2013
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
December 29, 2012
His imprisonment was intended to be little more than nominal.Bunyan
James Anthony Froude
Such was the character of the nominal peace which now existed.Henry IV, Makers of History
John S. C. Abbott
The land was let at a nominal rent, as being almost valueless.The O'Donoghue
Charles James Lever
These can be procured through any local dealer at a nominal sum.Boy Scouts Handbook
Boy Scouts of America
“Of course they can, if they must,” returned their nominal mistress.Clare Avery
Emily Sarah Holt
- 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
- 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
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.