Meaning of MINIMAL in English


I. ˈminəməl adjective

Etymology: minim um + -al

1. : of, being, or having the character of a minimum : constituting the least possible in size, number, or degree : extremely minute

a minimal charge for materials

a willingness to accept minimal terms — Oscar Handlin

the number required for even minimal defense — Denis Healey

required … to enforce minimal standards — M.W.Straight

2. : incapable of being further distinguished significantly : depending upon a single articulatory difference

minimal distinctions — Daniel Jones

II. adjective

Usage: often capitalized

: of, relating to, or being minimal art

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