Meaning of MINIMAL in English


/ ˈmɪnɪməl; NAmE / adjective

very small in size or amount; as small as possible :

The work was carried out at minimal cost.

There's only a minimal amount of risk involved.

The damage to the car was minimal.

—compare maximal

►  min·im·al·ly adverb :

minimally invasive surgery

The episode was reported minimally in the press.



mid 17th cent.: from Latin minimus smallest + -al .

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